Ben’s rice schol­ar­ship

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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

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