Riverine Plains 2023 agricultural scholarships program now open

23 March, 2023

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Riverine Plains 2023 agricultural scholarships program now open


Riverine Plains Inc invites tertiary students working towards a degree or diploma in agriculture, agribusiness or engineering to apply for one of five scholarships being offered by the group in 2023.

The 2023 Riverine Plains Scholarship Program includes the Alvan Blanch Australia, Corteva Agriscience, Hanrahan Family and Uncle Tobys Scholarships.

Riverine Plains Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Marriott, explained that while each of the 2023 scholarships have a slightly different focus, they are designed to either support students in their agriculture-related studies or encourage talented young people to live and work in the Riverine Plains region.

“Supporting young people to become involved in agriculture has benefits for the students, farmers and regional communities involved, particularly as students transition to the workforce and apply their skills and innovative thinking,” said Ms Marriott.

“Encouraging people to study agriculture is a key part of this, but it’s also important to attract graduates to live and work in the region so they can help better support farmers and local agribusinesses,” added Ms Marriott.

Riverine Plains has been helping support students since the John Hanrahan Scholarship was established in honour of the late John Hanrahan from Coreen, in 2018.

“The Hanrahan Family Scholarship (in memory of John Hanrahan) is now coming in to its fifth year and has so far has provided financial support, work experience and other opportunities to local students Mitchell Priestly (2019), Sophie Hanna and Lachlan Quibell (2020), Jessica Ryan (2021) and James White (2022),” said Ms Marriott.

“The Scholarship came full circle last year when Riverine Plains employed former scholar, Sophie Hanna, as a Livestock Project Officer; this shows the power of scholarships to create local connections and bring young people back to the region,” she added.

In 2023, the Hanrahan Family Scholarship will continue its focus on recognising and encouraging agricultural excellence through its support of a second-year agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma student from the Riverine Plains.

Riverine Plains is also excited to announce a new scholarship partnership with Alvan Blanch Australia. This includes two new scholarships which aim to attract and encourage students with an interest in engineering or crop production to bring their knowledge and skills to the Riverine Plains region post-study.

The Corteva Agriscience Scholarship was established in 2022 with a plant breeding and agronomy focus. The 2023 scholarship aims to support a second or third year student enrolled in an agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma course, or who is undertaking another course of study that demonstrates a passion for agriculture (i.e law, sustainability).

The Uncle Tobys Scholarship was established in 2021 to support future leaders in agriculture. Students enrolled in an agriculture or agribusiness degree or diploma course, especially those with an interest in oats, are eligible to apply in 2023.

“We are so excited to be able to offer five scholarships this year, thanks to the support of our scholarship partners, said Ms Marriott.

“Applications for all scholarships are now open and we are very much looking forward to receiving applications from students from both farming and non-farming backgrounds in the Riverine Plains and beyond,” concluded Ms Marriott.

Applications for the 2023 Alvan Blanch Australia, Corteva Agriscience, Hanrahan Family, and Uncle Tobys Scholarships close 22 June, 2023.

Each scholarship includes a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience, networking and mentoring opportunities with either Riverine Plains or its scholarship partners.

Further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at


More Information or Interview:

Brooke Sanderson, Executive Assistant, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713) or email

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit

2022 John Hanrahan, Uncle Tobys and Corteva Agriscience Scholarship Recipients