Natalie Ford presented with scholarship from the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation.

Griffith girl Natalie Ford has collected a scholarship from the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) Foundation in a presentation at Wagga on Thursday August 3.

The event celebrated the achievements of 64 inspiring Rural Scholars who each share a commitment to the future of rural and regional New South Wales.

Natalie Ford is in her third year of a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga.

Natalie Ford being presented with her scholarship by RAS Foundation Chair Michael Millner.

Natalie Ford being presented with her scholarship by RAS Foundation Chair Michael Millner.

“I feel very privileged and honored to receive the award, because the RASF scholarship funds are donated by generous people, and it really makes a big difference to my year, decreasing how much work I have to do so I can focus on my studies more.”

She says growing up in Griffith has shaped her passion towards production animals.

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“Griffith is still home, it’s where my family is, and for the holidays I come home and work at the wineries,” she said.

It has driven her ambition of becoming a large animal veterinarian, which will contribute to the availability of specialised skills in rural communities.

​Studying provides Natalie with the opportunity to create a lifestyle representative of her character, combining education, a passion for animals and commitment to contribute to rural Australia.

RAS Foundation Executive Officer Kate Ross said since the inception of the Rural Scholarship Program, this is the largest group of scholars awarded yet.

“This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support a diverse group of talented individuals, all with amazing and unique backgrounds, who are passionate about rural and regional NSW,” Ms Ross said.

The RAS Foundation’s 2018 Scholarships are currently open for applications and provide $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study.