Armidale, Wagga Wagga & Sydney Rural Scholar Presentations
Posted on : 22 August 2018
Visiting Armidale in late July, the RASF hosted a function for 2018 Rural Scholarship recipients. Ten students from the Upper Hunter region met with RASF Board Members and staff at Booloominbah Homestead, UNE to receive their Certificates of Excellence and share their stories.
L-R Cassie Macbean (Invergowrie), Kylie Fairfull (Merriwa), Emma Longworth (Armidale), Harry Obst, (Dunedoo), Emily Fielder (Narrabri), Kieran Smith ( Inverell), Jaslyn Tuckwell (Bunyah), Laura Bignell (Gloucester) , Josie McIntyre (Tenterfield) and Lauren Swain (Gunnedah)
In early August the Foundation headed to Wagga Wagga, celebrating with Riverina-based students. Seventeen scholars attended, studying at various institutions including the Primary Industries Centre, Charles Sturt University and Cootamundra TAFE. Newly appointed RASF Board Member and Emeritus Professor, Charles Sturt University, Jim Pratley addressed the group, sharing his passion for education and agriculture with a captivated audience.
L-R Prof Jim Pratley, Rachael Crosbie (Orange), Sarah White (Coolah), Erica Holmes (Narrandera), Sarah Lah (Broome), Harry Anderson (West Wyalong), Samantha Spark (Nowra), Samuel Scarlett (Cooma), Hugh Willoughby (Cowra), Mr Michael Millner, Chairman RAS Foundation, Daniel Lawson (Narooma), Mackenzie Day (Tumut), Sharnie Salau (Mangoplah), Amber O’Neill (Wagga Wagga), Natalie Ford (Griffith), Elissa McPherson (Wagga Wagga, Lauren Meyers (Wagga Wagga), Claire Smart (Canberra), Alice Davis (Gilgandra) and Cecilia Logan, Manager RAS Foundation.
Our third and final presentation took place in Sydney. Held at The Stables at Sydney Showground, the group was addressed by founding benefactor and RASF chairman, Mr John B Fairfax AO. John shared with the group his passion for rural journalism, education and philanthropy and spoke of his long association with the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and the early years of the Foundation.
L-R Michael Millner, RAS Foundation Chair, Cecilia Logan Manager, RAS Foundation, Katrina Nash (Cudal), Prue Gordon (Bourke), Kathleen Cutajar (Pembrooke), Kayla Simpson (Forster), Antisia Elsley ( Coonamble), Mitchum Bower (Milton), Samantha Smart (Dubbo), Lachlan James ( Wingham), Sean McIntosh (Camden), Milton Smith (Orange), Inga Neilsen (Braidwood), Taide Foggiato (Coffs Harbour), Erinn Holmes (Mendooran) and Mr John B Fairfax AO.
Applications for 2019 RASF Rural Scholarships close August 31st. Apply here.