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 submiting 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

2019 Oliver DesCoteaux Award Winner - Aysha Panatch


Aysha is in her fifth year of a combined degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Calgary. She is currently an engineering intern at Garmin Canada, where she is completing a 16-month internship. Aysha has participated in many engineering projects throughout her schooling, including involving wearable technology and aerial vehicles.

In line with her mission to bridge the educational accessibility gap, Aysha has helped build the First Generations Organization (1GO) where she has held a chief leadership position over the past two years. Along with that, she has held various roles within Engineers Without Borders UCalgary. She is especially passionate about creating an engineering culture that takes initiative in solving global issues. Outside of these commitments, she has dedicated over 500 hours of general contribution to student leader initiatives, volunteering and mentorship programs over the past four years.

"I feel incredibly grateful for the experiences I have gained throughout post-secondary. The support of the Oliver DesCoteaux scholarship extends and diversifies opportunities I otherwise would not have had the resources to pursue. Receiving this award has helped give me the time to continue these community endeavours whole-heartedly, and to expand my reach in serving those around me" - Aysha