Who we are
Who we are
The RAS Foundation was incorporated in 2007 to enhance educational excellence and help build strong, vibrant rural and regional communities in NSW.
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Since 2007, the RAS Foundation has awarded $7,234,130 in scholarships and grants across rural and regional communities. The difference we make Through our scholarships program, we help to relieve financial stress for students from regional and rural communities, better enabling them to manage their immediate economic needs and supporting their mental wellbeing and resilience during their studies. With less financial pressure, students from regional and rural areas are able to focus more on their studies and extracurricular activities linked to their chosen career path. “ The RAS Foundation Scholarship has made it possible for me to help on the farm during breaks from university and still able to chase the same education dreams as students from metropolitan areas ” Brad Chapman 2022 RAS Foundation Rural Scholar. The Community Grants program provides much-needed financial support to local projects that deliver strong community benefits and enhanced economic and social outcomes for rural and regional communities. Each year, we help bring bright ideas to life that are driven by the community, for the community. “ Being the successful applicant for a RAS Foundation Community Grant has been a huge boost to our community and our aim is to continue to improve our community for the here and now and also for future generations – so they can confidently continue the tradition of community events and connectedness ” Rhonda Watt, Cumnock Show Society – RAS Foundation Community Futures Grant recipient.