2020 SPE Pittsburgh Scholarship Winners

A total of 12 awards ($2,500 each) were given out to those students who demonstrated their commitment in Petroleum Engineering or related fields with excellent academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership.


  • Be a current SPE student member under the SPE Pittsburgh Section
  • Being officially registered at an accredited university and enrolled in a curriculum leading to the degree of bachelor of science in petroleum engineering or other related fields
  • Must graduate in at least two or more semesters
  • Be a dependent of a SPE Pittsburgh Section member (for Dependent Scholarship application only)
  • Complete the application submission process

Caleb James, Penn State University
I am Caleb Ei, and I am currently a sophomore studying Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.  At the university, I am involved in our student chapter of SPE, and I am also a member of the Petrobowl competition team.  My father has been working in the oil and natural gas industry since he graduated from high school, and I have worked alongside him throughout my entire life learning about it.  We have worked together drilling, servicing, and pumping wells, and these experiences with him have taught me a great deal of what I know.  Now I am thankful to be able to take another step toward my career in this industry with my education.  This scholarship is of great assistance in this, as it allows me to continue to fund my studies, but it is also a reminder to continue to put forth effort to achieve my academic, career, and life goals.

Garrett Moyer
, Penn State University

Garrett is a Senior student studying for a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering and expects to graduate in May 2021. He is in Dean’s list for all semesters of enrollment. He is an active member of SPE student chapter and Eagle Scout. Garrett has received Chevron Corporation PNGE Scholarship, John A. Leone Scholarship and Quentin & Louise Wood Honors Scholar so far.

Dino Dellino, Penn State University
My name is Dino Denillo and I am the treasurer for SPE Penn State for the 2020-2021 school year. I am a senior perusing a major in chemical engineering and minor in environmental engineering with a focus in the petroleum industry, a true passion of mine. Most recently, I worked as a Production Engineering intern for Range Resources located south of Pittsburgh in Canonsburg, PA. This internship showed me the endless opportunities in the petroleum industry and how it is constantly evolving. This scholarship will help with the cost to complete my education at Penn State so I can apply my acquired skills to contribute to the innovations in the petroleum industry.

Cayman Kelly, Slippery Rock University

I am a junior Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering major at Slippery Rock University, an active member of SPE, the Secretary of our student chapter, and on the Committee Board of NASS 2021. My most recent endeavor was participating in the CNX Career Education Experience. Thanks to this organization, I have come across amazing opportunities. I am continuously learning and evolving personally and professionally with the help of SPE. I feel honored and grateful to be supported academically and financially by the SPE Pittsburgh Section through my selection as a recipient for this scholarship.

Jonathan Hilko, Slippery Rock University

Jonathan is a Senior studying for a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and Physics double major with a minor Mathematics and Geophysics. He expects to graduate in May 2021. Jonathan is the Vice President of SRU SPE student chapter and an active Physics and Engineering Club Member. Since 2018, Jonathan has worked as summer intern with Capstone Energy in Washington, PA assisting in the process of laying natural gas pipelines.

Morgan McIntyre, Slippery Rock University

I am senior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Slippery Rock University (SRU). I serve as the Founder and President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers SRU Chapter, the Team Lead for the NASS 2021 Program and Logistics committee, and an active member in SRU Honors College. I also had two internship experiences that have strengthened my passion for the oil and gas industry. In my free-time, I like to run and go fishing! SPE helped me create professional networks through social events, scholarships, and conferences. The SPE Pittsburgh Scholarship allows me to learn contently and comfortably, without overwhelming financial burden.

Nicholas Carter, Slippery Rock University

Nicholas is a Junior studying for a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and expects to graduate in Fall 2022. Nicholas is a very active member of SRU SPE student chapter and Eagle Scout. He demonstrated strong commitment in the field of Petroleum Engineering with good academic performance.

Travis Braund, Slippery Rock University

I am senior majoring in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Slippery Rock University. I am from Butler, PA and my hobbies include fishing and going to the gym. I serve as the Treasurer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, SRU Chapter. SPE has taught me how to improve my networking skills through their numerous events. The scholarship has helped me continue my education and focus more on my studies.

Ian Gabig, Saint Francis University

I am a Senior Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering student at Saint Francis University. I am originally from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where I graduated from Camp Hill High School. My hobbies include playing the piano, running, and ultimate frisbee. I plan on continuing living in Pennsylvania after graduating and working for an Exploration and Production company in the basin. These funds from the SPE Pittsburgh Section have helped me greatly and allowed me to remain solvent during these difficult economic times; I am very appreciative and honored to receive this scholarship.

Charles Pelsang, Saint Francis University

I am Charles Pelsang, a Sophomore Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering student at Saint Francis University. I am originally from Blue Grass, Iowa. I have always wanted to pursue a career in engineering, but I was not sure which field to pick. That is when I heard about Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering through Saint Francis University's week-long summer camp. I enjoyed meeting other students and professors in this field, and I recognized that this was the right career path for me. I was truly honored and thankful to be a recipient of the 2020 SPE Scholarship. This will help with the continuation of my education, and I am very thankful for this opportunity. 

Jay Hardy, Saint Francis University

Jay is a Senior studying for a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and Business Management double major. He expects to graduate in May 2021. He is the President of SFU AADE student chapter. Jay started his summer internship with Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, PA in 2018 and had two internships with Reliance Well Services LLC in 2019. Jay has been very active in doing undergraduate student research. His study on “Characterization of Organic Pores of High Maturation Shale Gas Reservoirs” received 1st place in 2019 SPE North America Eastern Regional Paper Contest.  

Teresa Reid, Saint Francis University

I am Teresa Reid, a senior undergraduate student at Saint Francis University (SFU).  This past summer I interned with Advanced Resources International where she primarily worked on a CO2-EOR survey for North America.  The prior summer, I interned with Range Resources working with production operations and facilities engineering.  I am the Vice President of the SFU-SPE student chapter.  Outside the classroom, I play soccer for SFU and enjoys hanging out with friends and family.  This scholarship has helped me cover my last year of textbooks!  I am very grateful for the recognition and support of the SPE Pittsburgh section.