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  • Scholarship Details

    The STEM Scholarship in association with Elwood College is funded with the reinvestment of Smog Game's prize money and a charitable donation from the Caratelli family.


    The scholarship founders have decided to pay it forward by attracting applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to STEM related fields, through financial and value based incentivisation.


    The scholarship will provide a new laptop and STEM Mentorship which will be given to the scholarship recipient.


    The scholarship has been made possible by the generous effort and support from Nick England, Rhonda Holt, Andrew Lacey and the ACER Foundation's STEM Challenge.

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    Application Requirements

    • Currently enrolled at Elwood College
    • Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths

  • Application Process

    A step by step guide on how to apply for the scholarship.

    More information and important dates will be passed through official channels throughout the school year via Nick England.


    Applications are now closed. Thanks to all who applied!

    Please checkout the recipients below.

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    1. Answer the following question

    500 Word Maximum

    How would you impact your local community using STEM?


    Note: Only one application per student is allowed.

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    2. Send us your answer!

    Deadline - 9th of September, 2018 (11:59pm)

    Fill out the contact form below with your full name, your Elwood College Student email and paste in your answer.

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    3. Winner announced

    Winner announced in Term 4, 2018

    The successful applicant will be contacted via their student email and will receive a new laptop from the scholarship founders on-site at Elwood College. An on-going STEM Mentorship will be discussed and organized afterwards.


    If there are a large number of applicants, second round interviews will be conducted during school hours before the winner is announced.

  • Winners!

    Congratulations to the following students

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    Scholarship Recipient

    Receives Laptop valued at $1500 and Mentorship throughout 2019

    2019 Scholarship Recipient: Theo Huynh [Year 9]


    Theo Huynh was the scholarship recipient for 2019 and received a laptop valued at $1,500 in addition to mentorship through 2019 from the Scholarship founders.


    Throughout the year, Theo learned how to code with the LUA programming language and created Transition, an LGBTQIA+ endless color runner that follows a transgender character that transitions from female to male (ftm).


    It was a finalist in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and has got 10,000+ downloads on Google Play to date!


    More info can be found about Theo's journey can be found in this article.

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    Runner Ups

    Receives a $250 cash prize for an outstanding application, courtesy of Andrew Lacey

      Runner-Up: Sadaq Mohamed [Year 10]

      Runner-Up: Vadhana Anil Ram [Year 12]

    • Scholarship Founders

      Graduated from Elwood College in 2014

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      Josh Caratelli

      Game Programmer

      Josh Caratelli is a Software Engineer at Sledgehammer Games working on the Call of Duty franchise.


      Through some extremely supportive industry mentors and friends, he earned his first XBOX and PlayStation game credit at fifteen and in 2015 launched the eco-friendly ‘Smog Game’ with Liam onto the App Store through Double Mercury Entertainment Pty Ltd.


      He has represented Australia internationally at trade shows, and was named an Australian Triple J 25 Under 25 winner and also an honourable mention in game development internationally apart of Develop’s 30 Under 30.


      Passionate for positive change in STEM diversity, Josh has helped establish a the STEM scholarship at his former high school and has spoken at events such as PAX Australia, Apple Store Sydney and regularly to media on the topics of STEM and getting into coding games.


      Portfolio | joshCaratelli@gmail.com | Twitter

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      Liam McLachlan

      3D & Cardboard Artist

      Liam is studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Physics at the University of Melbourne, and was the Dux of Physics at Elwood College in 2014.


      An avid game player and developer, Liam was the Primary Artist on the eco-friendly ‘Smog Game’ which he launched with Josh in 2015 onto the App Store through Double Mercury Entertainment Pty Ltd.


      As an artist he utilizes 3D modelling packages and his keen eye to give life to his creations. These models range from small un-textured art tests made in an afternoon to fully rendered environments which span over several weeks of work.


      His creativity extends beyond the virtual world and spills over into cardboard craft for 'Box Wars'. Over several months he creates intricate cardboard weapons and armour for both himself and for contract work for 'Box Wars' promotional advertising.



      YouTube | jarjarguy@gmail.com | Gallery