"I am honored to have the privilege of sharing a synopsis of my journey with you and to be able, in writing, to thank the SPECEF Scholarship committee.
I’m in my final year of Energy Engineering at the University of Calgary; and am a Petroleum Engineering Tech graduate of S.A.I.T. Having to finance my own studies had me zealously pursuing work and field experience in the oil and gas sector and taking extended breaks between semesters, providing me with a very a strong work/academic balance and a more rounded and comprehensive 'hands on' understanding. During this time my attitudes were also being transformed and maturing; I was learning to recognize and appreciate the efforts and guidance of those around me, I embraced an attitude of gratitude and made the realization that I wanted to start paying my life forward. I’ve become an active member of the SPE, various clubs at school and have attended countless lunch n’ learns and technical seminars over the past few years. I have also had, and continue to have, opportunities to guest teach at S.A.I.T. Without the SPECEF scholarship, some of those volunteer endeavors simply could not have been possible, I would likely have had to spend every moment not in school trying to keep my finances afloat.
Thank you SPECEF for your support, I am earnestly appreciative.