The NSW Royal Agricultural Society Foundation [RAS] has announced Dubbo's Zac Cherry as one of the lucky recipients in the Orana region of its 2019 Rural Scholarship.
The RAS is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.
The Scholarships offer financial grants of $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study to assist students studying at University or TAFE within New South Wales.
Mr Cherry is a superintendent paramedic and manages the Orana division of the St Johns Ambulance NSW.
The scholarship will enable Mr Cherry, who won the Young Volunteer of the Year for the Orana Region award in 2018, to continue to grow his existing skills and expertise.
Mr Cherry started studying at Dubbo Charles Sturt University for a University or college - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine) and Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), where he graduated in 2018.
Out of the 49 young recipients, three are of the Orana region including Nervertire's Rebecca George and Narromines Lauren Moody.
RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan said the future of rural and regional NSW starts with its youth.
"The RAS Foundation is proud to recognise its 2019 scholarship recipients for their hard work and commitment in contributing to the future of rural and regional NSW," she said.
Mrs Logan said the Rural Scholarships are aimed at reducing some of the financial challenges rural students face when it comes to pursuing their education and training goals.
"It is pleasing that through the RAS Foundation we are able to provide support to these tremendous ambassadors for country NSW, and we look forward to following their progress as they work towards achieving their goals."
The RAS revenue is generated through Sydney Showground businesses and events such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show, which allows the RAS to invest nearly $7 million back into agricultural programs, competitions, education and youth initiatives, and rural communities.
Students looking for to study at TAFE or University within NSW may be eligible for a 2020 Rural RAS Scholarship, with applications now open.