Narromine farmer and passionate veterinary science student, Lauren Moody has been named a recipient of The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation's 2019 Rural Scholarship program.
The 19-year-old is currently a second year veterinary biology/veterinary science degree student at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
Growing up on her family farm at Hermidale, raising poddy calves and caring for sick and injured animals ignited Lauren's passion to become a vet.
In her high school years Lauren and her family moved to their current farm at Narromine, when Lauren got involved with the Dubbo St Johns College cattle team. This led to Lauren starting her own Limousin stud at the age of 13 and began her passion for genetics and breeding stock.
Lauren is one of three recipients of the scholarship program who call the Orana region home.
An initiative designed to build strong and vibrant NSW rural communities, the scholarships are awarded to students originally from rural areas who are studying at University or TAFE within New South Wales.
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.
"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 Orana scholarship recipients include:
- Rebecca George (Nevertire)
- Zac Cherry (Dubbo)
- Lauren Moody (Narromine)
The RAS Rural Scholarships offer financial grants of $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study to assist students who are passionate about contributing to the future of rural and regional communities.