Annual rice scholarship awarded

12 Feb 2014 9:18 AM - 2014 recipients announced

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has announced the recipients of their 2014 educational scholarship awards.

The Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Luke O’Connor (Deniliquin Branch) to assist him to continue his studies at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.  Luke is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management and regularly returns to the family farm to assist with farm work.  His ambition is to return to work in the Deniliquin region as an agribusiness adviser, as well as contributing to running the family farm.

RGA President, Les Gordon, said that Luke was chosen from eight applicants from the various branches of the Association.

“Luke won the award on the basis of his passion for rice farming and understanding of all facets of the rice industry, and commitment to return with skills that will be applied to benefit the industry as a whole.  He will no doubt make a significant contribution.”

Mr Gordon 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 scholarship is a fitting memorial,” Mr Gordon said.

Mr Gordon also announced the winner of the Peter Connor Book Award. 

“This award was won by Sarah Robertson (Wakool Branch).  Sarah is studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at Melbourne University and her ambition is to be an agronomist specialising in rice. This award will assist Sarah to purchase materials for her studies.”

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 prior to his death.

Mr Gordon acknowledged the generous financial support from Rice Research Australia Pty Ltd that makes the awards possible.

He added, “Interviewees demonstrated a depth of knowledge and passion for the rice industry that has, again, left us feeling very confident about the rice industry’s future.” 

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