Carissa snags rural scholarship

Coleambally’s Carissa Bellato is among 14 young people from the Riverina Murray to be awarded a Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation rural scholarship.

Designed to financially support rural and regional students studying at university, college or TAFE, the scholarships are aimed at students who are passionate about applying their knowledge and skills within regional communities.

Carissa is studying a Bachelor of Paramedicine at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie.

The 18 year-old said her career choice was guided by her upbringing in a small country community.

“I have always had a passion for helping others and during 2020, while I was in Year 10, I began my Certificate IV in Health Care with Paramedical Services in Sydney.

“The course involved theory, practical and real life experiences, a two week intensive workshop and clinical placement in Wagga Wagga and Sydney.

“After completing this I gained credits and extended to the Diploma in Paramedicine.”

Carissa and the other scholars will receive financial grants of $6000 for full-time study, or $3000 for part-time study, made possible with the assistance of generous donors.

RASF manager Cecilia Logan said the Foundation is proud to support recipients in pursuing their dream careers.

“For many regional students, higher education requires them to move away from their homes and families, which can be both emotionally and financially difficult,” Mrs Logan said.

“The rural scholarship program aims to make this transition easier by assisting with accommodation and education related costs and allowing students to concentrate on their studies without additional financial stress.”

“This year’s recipients have demonstrated a strong desire to give back to country New South Wales, and we are delighted to play a role in helping them achieve their goals.”