Rice Scholarships now open

22 Oct 2012 12:45 PM - 2013 Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia’s (RGA) 2013 Tertiary Scholarships are now open.

The RGA was formed in 1930 to unite the small group of pioneer rice growers into an effective and cohesive force.  Today, the RGA is the collective voice of rice growers in Australia, representing members on issues affecting the viability of their business and communities, and working to ensure a profitable long term future for individual rice growers and their industry.

“As part of our commitment to the industry’s long term future, each year the RGA awards two scholarships to the children or grandchildren of RGA members to assist with their tertiary education costs,” said RGA President, Les Gordon.

“These scholarships are a great way of providing support for talented young people who are passionate about contributing to the continuing prosperity of the rice industry.”

The scholarships are named after two past leaders of the rice industry. 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 $4,000 to assist a student with the costs of tertiary education. This award is sponsored by Rice Research Australia Ltd.

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 Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Limited. The Peter Connor Book Award is awarded to the runner-up of the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship winner and consists of $1,300 to put towards the cost of books and course materials.

 Application forms are available at http://www.rga.org.au/members-services/awards-and-scholarships.aspx or by phoning the RGA on (02) 6953 0433.  Applications close Monday 14 January 2012.

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