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Creating Leaders Scholarship Student finalist in Worldwide Physics Competition


One of our Creating Leaders Scholarship students, Maria José Sarmento, was part of a team of 6 students from the Portuguese School of Dili that entered a worldwide competition for high school students. The competition was sponsored by the renowned European Centre for Particle Physics (CERN), located in Geneva, Switzerland.

Creating Leaders Scholarship student Maria Sarmento

Creating Leaders Scholarship student Maria Sarmento

The students, named “Team Lorosae”, studied research from the world’s largest particle accelerator, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and from this created a proposal entitled “Discovering the Bragg peak in water”. The proposal detailed how they would test their experimental ideas, intended to contribute to the studies of radiation in eliminating the effects of cancerous growths.

Lorosae Team was among the 29 finalists from a total of 151 teams from 37 countries, having been awarded the mention of high praise – “status highly commended“.

As finalists, the team received an invitation to carry out a study visit to CERN. Thanks to the generosity of two individual Members in the Order of Malta, Maria José was able to travel to Switzerland with her team.

Creating Leaders is an Order of Malta scholarship program in Timor-Leste. Like many developing countries, Timor-Leste has high levels of poverty and low national human development. Education is an important vehicle to employment, independence, social and political empowerment and consequently, national development. However, a cycle of poverty often creates barriers to the children’s participation in education.

The Scholarship supports underprivileged children, like Maria José, to participate in formal continuing education.

More about the Creating Leaders Scholarship program:

– The children eligible to scholarship will come from disadvantaged situations.

– Children who are nominated must demonstrate academic promise and enthusiasm for their studies

– The children who are awarded scholarships are taught that it comes with a responsibility of “service to those they can help”, according to the fundamental ethos of the Order of Malta.

– The scholarship provides not only the payment of school fees, but other assistance and support to help overcome barriers that might prevent the children’s participation in education eg. transport, meals. uniforms

Currently there are 15 children in Timor-Leste involved in the program.

Sponsoring a Child in the Creating Leaders Scholarship Program costs $70 a month.

If you would like to make a donation in support of this project you can do so using our secure Paypal donation facility using the button below:

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The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.