Click HERE to learn more about the SPE-CEF Scholarship Program 

The 2019 scholarship deadline is December 19, 2019. Please visit the SPE Canadian
Education Foundation website for more details.

Oliver DesCoteaux was a young professional who graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2014. Oliver was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer in 2015, and succumbed to the disease on March 15, 2016. In honour of Oliver, the Oliver DesCoteaux Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who best demonstrates the characteristics Oliver was known for, teamwork.

The scholarship recipient will be an engineering student (any program) at the University of Calgary who enhances the “teamwork or team learning” aspect of engineering education and has shown through their actions a desire to selflessly serve and support their peers. You can nominate your peer by submitting the a nomination form including a short essay (maximum 350 words) outlining why this person is deserving of the award. One scholarship will be awarded in the amount of
$4,000.  Applications open in January 2020

2020 Oliver DesCoteaux Award Winner - Zareen Tasnim


Zareen is a recent Chemical and Petroleum Engineering graduate from the Schulich School of Engineering. She completed her internship terms with PepsiCo and Husky Energy and is returning at Husky Energy as an E.I.T. During her studies, Zareen built a strong relationship within her engineering community by taking on leadership roles in various clubs and projects.

Zareen first got involved in student governance through her elected role on the UofC Students’ Union. Here, she helped in growing the academic resources for students by representing the entire Engineering faculty on the Students’ Legislative Council. This year, with her passion in supporting the professional growth of those around her, Zareen focused on branching out opportunities for engineering students that synergize both technical and soft skills through her Director of STEM role on the Haskayne Consulting Club. These included case workshops and pro bono consulting projects tailored to STEM students. Zareen was also an active member of the Petroleum and Energy Society. As a VP, she focused on increasing its member diversity by aiding in the expansion of the mentorship program and creating a stronger presence within the graduate studies faculty. Outside of these, Zareen also participated in various competitions, served as a student mentor, and helped build homes in Mexico through the Schulich Homes of Hope program.

“I am eternally grateful for this recognition and am honored to represent Oliver and his memory. With the support of the Oliver DesCoteaux scholarship, I hope to continue to deepen my relationship with the professional industry. This scholarship will allow me to chase the resources I need to expand my reach as I continue to serve the community around me and work towards initiatives that I am very passionate about within the STEM field.” - Zareen