BOOKS, laptops, accommodation, petrol … the list goes on for what is needed when starting out at university.
However, bearing the financial load could be made easier for a certain group in the community.
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has reminded all rice growers applications for the 2018 tertiary scholarships will close on Friday.
In November, the RGA announced new eligibility criteria for its tertiary scholarships making it more accessible for the children and grandchildren of rice growers.
The new eligibility criteria for the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship for 2018 and beyond will be:
- Applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current financial member of RGA; and/or the child or grandchild of a rice grower – a rice grower is defined as someone who has delivered a minimum of 200 tonne of rice over the past two years.
- Applicants must be in their second or successive year of studying an agricultural focused and/or industry related course at an Australian tertiary institution.
- Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to the rice industry.
RGA president Jeremy Morton said the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship and the Peter Connor Book Award provided valuable assistance with the cost of tertiary education.
“As part of our commitment to the industry’s long-term future, each year we award two scholarships to the children or grandchildren of RGA members,” he said.
“This year we have opened it up to all rice growing families as we see the need to make this scholarship accessible to all rice growers.
“We’d like to remind potential applicants the closing date is Friday.”
The Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship is worth $10,000 and is co-sponsored by SunRice and Rice Research Australia Pty Ltd.
The Peter Connor Book Award is awarded to the runner-up of the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship winner and consists of $3000 to assist with the cost of books and course materials.
Application forms are available on the RGA’s website or by phoning 6953 0433.