Mikayla Stynes has received a helping hand as she embarks on becoming the first Indigenous woman in her family to attend university.
The 18-year-old from Vincentia recently received a $6000 boost from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation as part of its 2019 Rural Scholarship program.
The scholarships are awarded to students originally from rural areas who are studying at University or TAFE in New South Wales.
Ms Stynes is enrolled at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven campus to study a Bachelor of Nursing.
Her interest lies in pediatrics and improving the lives of the Indigenous people in her community.
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."