Ben’s rice scholarship
Berrigan’s Benjamin Seamer has been awarded the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship for 2018.
Valued at $10,000, the scholarship will assist Mr Seamer as he continues his Bachelor of Agriculture degree at University of Melbourne.
RGA president Jeremy Morton said Mr Seamer received the scholarship on the ‘‘basis of his character, his knowledge of the industry, his broad understanding of all sectors of the industry, and his determination to build a career in the industry’’.
Mr Morton said the scholarship honours the memory of Greg Graham, a previous President of the RGA, who died suddenly in 1983.
‘‘Greg Graham worked tirelessly for rice growers and the community. He was very active in his support of young people and the Murray Irrigation’s PIIOP 3 project has received approval for funding of up to $114.8 million from the Australian Government’s Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) in NSW. scholarship Morton said.
This year’s scholarship eligibility was expanded to include the children and grandchildren of all ricegrowers.
“As part of our commitment to the industry’s long term future, we opened the scholarship up to all ricegrowing families as we saw the need to make this scholarship accessible to all rice growers.
‘‘We have seen the amount of applications received double this year because of this change to the criteria.”
A second scholarship — the Peter Connor Book Award valued at $3,000 — was awarded to Deniliquin’s Dominic Morona.
Dominic is studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne.
‘‘His ambition is to use his degree to find innovative ways to improve the industry. This award will assist Dominic to purchase materials for his studies,’’ Mr Morton said.
The book award honours the memory of Peter Connor, a leading Coleambally rice grower, who passed away in 1984. Mr Connor was actively involved in rice industry organisations and the Coleambally community. is a fitting memorial,” Mr