In 2018, Riverine Plains Inc launched the John Hanrahan Scholarship to recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region.
The Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away suddenly in 2014.
Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish the Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community.
The Scholarship, which is awarded annually, aims to support a local second year student through their agriculture or agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.
The inaugural recipient was Melbourne University student, Mitch Priestly, who received his award at the Riverine Plains Inc 20th Anniversary dinner in March 2019.
Applications for the 2020 Scholarship have now closed, with the recipient to be awarded a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities (with either Riverine Plains Inc, its partner organisation FAR Australia or through our networks), free access to all Riverine Plains events, as well as mentoring by a current board member. The recipient will be announced at the 2020 Riverine Plains Inc Celebration of Agriculture Dinner.
Applications for the 2021 Scholarship (opening winter 2020) will be open to first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2021. Students aged between 18 and 30 from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW will be eligible to apply.
The Scholarship has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status. For information on how to make a tax deductible donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.