Binnaway's Jaimelee Milliner has been named as a recipient of the 2019 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Scholarship program.
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.
The RAS Rural Scholarships offer financial grants of $6000 for full-time study and $3000 for part-time study to assist students who are passionate about contributing to the future of rural and regional communities.
Ms Milliner knows first-hand just how important it is to support rural communities, having grown up in central west, NSW.
Currently she is a third-year medical student with the University of New South Wales in Port Macquarie and she hopes to go back to her regional roots once completing her degree.
Ms Milliner completed most of her primary school education in Binnaway before completing high school in Coonabarabran.
She said her rural upbringing exposed her to a lot of disparities, particularly health.
When the Western Magazine spoke to Ms Milliner earlier this week she was on rural placement in Cunnamulla.
She said it reminded her of Binaway and while it was only her second day, placement was going really well.
"Talking to the community really reaffirms this is definitely something that I want to do," she said.
While Ms Milliner is still deciding what area of medicine to pursue she knows she wants to work with small, rural communities.
She was humbled to receive the 2019 scholarship, saying not only will it help financially, but take some of the stress away from having to juggle part-time working and full-time study.
"It was one month after my father's (double lung transplant) operation and I was living in Sydney with him and counting my pennies and I didn't have a job at the time. It was really stressful and then I got the news that I would have that support come in... it was really the highlight of my year," she explained.
Ms Milliner thanked the Binnaway and Condobolin communities for all of their help and support, adding that both towns were a big part of her life.