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Financial scholarships help regional VET students reach full potential

22 Oct 2021

As an initiative to further foster education and support in rural NSW, the RAS Foundation has launched its 2022 VET scholarship program, with funding of up to $6,000 available to students studying Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. The scholarships are available for NSW and ACT students studying at registered VET institutions, such as TAFE or local colleges, who demonstrate a passion for a career that will support the future success of our rural and regional communities. Read more

The future of Australian wine begins with education; 2022 Sydney Royal wine scholarships now open.

13 Sep 2021

In addition to running one of the most prestigious wine competitions in Australia, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is investing in the future of Australian wine by helping to support and educate the next generation of leaders through its Sydney Royal Wine Professional Development Scholarship and Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship. Read more

RASF invests in next generation, announcing recipients of its 2021 Rural Scholarships Program.

26 May 2021

Sixty-six students from across country New South Wales have been given a career-defining boost today after the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) announced the recipients of its 2021 Rural Scholarship and VET Scholarship programs. Supporting students from a variety of industries, the scholarships provide financial assistance for regional and rural students studying at a recognised NSW University or TAFE who have a desire to give back to regional NSW. RASF Manager Cecilia Logan said the program provides financial freedom for students in regional areas or those looking to work in a rural community. "The RASF Rural Scholarship and VET Scholarship programs are vital in assisting students from regional NSW pursue their dream careers," Mrs Logan said. "For most regional students further study requires them to relocate and move away from their families. These scholarships are designed to help make that move or decision a little easier with funding to assist with accommodation, textbooks or income which allows them to focus on their studies," Mrs Logan said. "Our scholars come from every walk of life, but the one thing they have in common is a passion to give back to regional communities." Recipients of the 2021 RASF Rural Scholarship will receive funding of $3000 for part-time study and up to $6000 for full-time study thanks to sponsors including the UNE Foundation, Quayclean, CanAssist, ChemCert, Regional Australia Bank and The Snow Foundation. Since 2007, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has invested over $6.2 million into country NSW through its education and community grant programs. This includes over 600 scholarships to students across NSW, including targeted scholarships for regional journalism and those pursuing careers in the Australian wine industry. Applications for the 2022 RASF Rural Scholarships program and 2022 RASF VET Scholarships open July 01, 2021 . For further information, please visit . Media Contact: Nicola Dalby E: M : 0434 579 906 P: 02 9704 1041 About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

From North Star to Lockhart, RASF supports six regional communities upgrade their towns.

25 May 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has today announced the recipients of its 2021 Community Futures Grant program, providing six drought and bush fire affected communities with the necessary funding to upgrade local halls, kitchens, rest stops and gardens. Read more

What is the Big Bush BBQ?

22 Mar 2021

It was lunchtime at the 2017 Illabo Show, the sun was shining, the gates were open, and two RAS volunteers were starving. Read more

RASF Community Futures Grants program offers funding for regional projects

1 Feb 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) will once again provide an opportunity for regional communities to bring their bright ideas to life, with the RASF Community Futures Grants program calling for applications. Read more

DGR specific listing announced in the Federal Budget

17 Dec 2020

Sharing some remarkably good news, over twelve months ago, the RAS Foundation embarked on a journey to request deductible gift status (DGR) for all the work that we do and not just educational scholarships. Read more

Santa stopped by regional NSW

17 Dec 2020

Once again the RASF was able to make sure Santa Claus could visit regional NSW with a truck full of kitchen goods and toys worth $182,000. This year Santa focused on the Riverina, Illawarra, Central West, and South East NSW with 20 Show Societies receiving pallets of gifts for children and goods for Showground and Community Hall kitchens. Read more
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