Inverell's Rowan Cowley is one of six students from the New England North West region given a career-defining boost.
He joined 60 others from across country New South Wales this week for the announcement of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation's (RASF) recipients of the 2021 Rural Scholarship and VET Scholarship programs.
The New England 2021 RASF scholarship recipients are: Teanna Heywood from Tamworth, Caitlyn Galagher from Wee Waa, Dimity Evans from Uralla, Stephanie Cameron from Guyra, Rowan Cowley from Inverell, and Dennis Gordon from Armidale.
They will each receive funding of $3000 for part-time study and up to $6000 for full-time study.
Inverell local Rohan Cowley is in his second year at the University of New England studying a Bachelor of Teaching K-6 and will receive a scholarship donated by Susan Maple-Brown.
Rohan has long had a strong desire to become a teacher particularly in a remote rural location, believing location, distance, socio-economic disadvantage and accessibility should not define a student or prevent them from realising their goals.
Rohan wants to educate, nurture and have a positive impact on students, supporting and inspiring them to be active community members.
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."
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.RASF Manager Cecilia Logan
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 Scholarship programs open on July 1.
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.
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