Rice­grow­ers’ schol­ar­ships are now open

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Rice­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia’s (RGA) Ter­tiary Schol­ar­ships are now open.

RGA pres­i­dent Jeremy Mor­ton said the or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sents grow­ers on is­sues af­fect­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of their busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ties and works to en­sure a prof­itable long term fu­ture for in­di­vid­ual rice grow­ers and their in­dus­try.

‘‘As part of this com­mit­ment to the in­dus­try’s long term fu­ture, ev­ery year for the past twelve years, the RGA has awarded two schol­ar­ships to the chil­dren or grand- chil­dren of RGA mem­bers to as­sist with their ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion costs, ’’ he said.

‘‘The schol­ar­ships are named af­ter two past lead­ers of the rice in­dus­try, Greg Gra­ham and Peter Con­nor.’’

Greg Gra­ham was pres­i­dent of the RGA when he died sud­denly on New Year’s Day in 1983. He was ac­tively in­volved in the ir­ri­ga­tion and rice in­dus­try, as well as his lo­cal com­mu­nity of De­niliquin.

The Greg Gra­ham Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship pro­vides $10,000 to as­sist a stu­dent with the costs of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

The Peter Con­nor Book Award is awarded to the run­ner-up, and con­sists of $3,000 to put to­wards the cost of books and course ma­te­ri­als.

“Peter Con­nor was a lead­ing rice grower in the Coleam­bally area, and was vice pres­i­dent of the RGA as well as a board mem­ber of the Rice­grow­ers’ Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited, ’’ Mr Mor­ton said.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able to down­load from RGA’s web­site — http:/ /www.rga.org.au/ed­u­ca­tion/awards-and­schol­ar­ships.aspx — or by phon­ing the RGA on (02) 6953 0433. Ap­pli­ca­tions close Fe­bru­ary 3, 2017.

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