ADAMINABY'S Cassandra MacDonald has received a $5000 scholarship to help her pursue her dream of becoming a rural veterinarian.
The 24 year-old is among 52 recipients to be awarded a Rural Scholarship from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation.
In her final year studying veterinary science and biology at Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga, Cassie is passionate about making a difference to the health of livestock. She aspires to be a mixed practice vet in country NSW, focusing on dairy production.
RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships offers $5000 towards students studying full-time and $2500 for part-time study; to assist students from rural areas in pursuing their education and who in turn, are active contributors in their community.
Michael Millner, Chairman of RAS Foundation, said a record number of scholarships were awarded this year.
"The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians achieve their potential through education and training," Mr Millner said.
"Each year we're impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys.
"We're extremely proud to be assisting such a large number of rural-minded students and look forward to supporting them as they work towards achieving their career goals."
The RAS Foundation is a philanthropic foundation which seeks to encourage young people across rural communities to pursue their goals through educational opportunities.The scholarships are designed to ease the financial burden students face when undertaking higher education.
In 2013, Cassie was awarded the inaugural Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship, a joint initiative of the RAS and the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show.