Ricegrowers’ scholarships are now open
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.