John Hanrahan Scholarship supports agriculture’s next generation

On Friday 2 March, Riverine Plains Inc, hosted an Agribusiness Dinner at Corowa, attended by 165 people. The dinner was held in celebration of the families, communities and businesses involved in agriculture across the region, as well as being the official launch of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, said that the Scholarship is named in honour of John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer and respected community member from Coreen, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014.

“John was a great friend and supporter of Riverine Plains Inc and he had a real enthusiasm for the types of ongoing research that Riverine Plains Inc is involved with”, said Barry.

“Through a generous donation made by the Hanrahan family, Riverine Plains Inc has been able to establish a Scholarship in John’s name to honour his passion for farming, his thirst for knowledge and his sense of community”.

The scholarship, awarded annually, will recognise and encourage agricultural excellence in the Riverine Plains region through the support of a local second year student in their agriculture/agribusiness bachelor or diploma degree studies.

Applications for the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open on 1 July and close on 31 August, 2018, with details available in the coming months from our website.

“We are aiming to raise additional funds so the Scholarship can continue in perpetuity, and invite members, sponsors and friends of Riverine Plains Inc, and the wider community, to consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund so that this vision can be realised” added Barry.

The evening also featured Ms Alexandra Gartmann, Managing Director and CEO of Rural Bank, who spoke about her own leadership journey as well as Rural Bank’s Scholarship Program, which has been supporting students since 1992.

Ms Gartmann described how scholarships can open doors for an exciting and diverse agricultural career and commended Riverine Plains Inc and the Hanrahan Family on the establishment of the John Hanrahan Scholarship.

The evening also included an impressive food and wine display, which showcased the diverse and wonderful range of agricultural produce originating from north east Victoria and southern NSW.  Produce featured in the display was donated by a number of local businesses, before being sold in hampers and raising over $3500 for the Scholarship Fund.

Riverine Plains Inc sincerely thank the following businesses for their generous donations:

AWB (Canola Oil)

Billabong Produce

Cofield Winery

Greta Vale Orchard

Holbrook Paddock Eggs

John Doyle Potatoes

Jones Winery & Vineyard

Junee Abattoirs

Katamatite Garlic


Lupins for Life

Malt Shed Brewery

Murray Estate Wines,

Murray River Produce

Murray Valley Pork             

Mt Pilot Estate

Rennylea Angus

Rich Glen Olive Estate

Riverina Dairy

Riverina Oilseeds & Bioenergy

RMB Stillard Nominees (Tomatoes)

Ross Tomatoes

Rutherglen Estates Winery

The Wicked Virgin

Uncle Toby’s,

Willowbank and

Winemakers of Rutherglen

The John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email

The John Hanrahan Scholarship is open to current first year Agriculture or Agribusiness degree or diploma students, who will be entering their second year of studies in 2019.

Students from the Riverine Plains region of north eastern Victoria and the southern Riverina region of NSW are eligible to apply.

Applications open 1st July, 2018 and close 31 August, 2018. Application details and forms will be available from this site in the near future.

If you would like to register your interest before this date (optional) please email