PASSION: Laura Bennett and with RAS Foundation Chairman Michael Milner.
PASSION: Laura Bennett and with RAS Foundation Chairman Michael Milner. Contributed

Laura lands top rural award

A PASSION for rural issues has seen one Woolgoolga woman recognised on the state stage.

Laura Bennett was one of 52 recipients across NSW of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW's Rural Scholarships, awarded to people in tertiary education who demonstrate a passion for rural issues and the determination to make a difference.

Laura was awarded the scholarship in a presentation recently in Wagga Wagga recently, where she is studying Agricultural Science.

The 20 year old hopes to become an agronomist.

Laura won $5000 cash from sponsor ICT.

RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross said the ceremonies were a great opportunity for donors to meet the students they are supporting face-to-face.

"This year the RAS Foundation gave more rural scholarships than ever before and we are expecting this demand will continue to grow," Ms Ross said.

In 2014, 52 Rural Scholarships were awarded to tertiary students totalling over $262,000.

"The diversity of students was amazing and one thing they all share is a passion for both their community and their fields of study.

"This year we had students studying everything from teaching, to physio, to agriculture, to law, to welfare and nursing. Hearing their stories was very inspiring.

"The RAS Foundation, our scholarship donors and sponsors are extremely proud to be able to support such a large number of deserving students from across regional and rural NSW."

Kate Kingston from Gloucester and Georgia Ladmore from Nabiac were also awarded scholarships.

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation which seeks to encourage educational opportunity and foster vibrant and sustainable rural and regional communities by supporting a range of targeted scholarships and community grants.