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Scholarship Program

Please review our scholarship types below. Please note that the qualifications for the General Scholarship, the B. Hanson Leadership Award, the SPE Calgary Section Scholarship, and the Corporate Sponsored Scholarships are open to all International & Canadian Students enrolled at a Canadian educational institution, and can all be applied for through the General Application Form. The Benediktson Scholarship is open to Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents of Canada enrolled at a Canadian or U.S. educational institution, and has a separate Benediktson Application Form.

All applicants must be SPE Student Members in order to be eligible for any of the scholarships (student membership is free, get your membership here!).

General Scholarship

The scholarships, valued at $2,500 CAD each, are open to students studying at all institutions in Canada. All applicants must be SPE Members (free for students, courtesy of Chevron!). All scholarship applicants must be enrolled full-time in any diploma or degree program with an interest in the energy industry to be eligible. The scholarship is open to global citizens, applicants are NOT required to be Canadian citizens nor permanent residents to apply.  

B. Hanson Leadership Award

The top selected applicant will receive the Barry Hanson Leadership Award of $3,000 CAD. This award was created to honour the involvement of one of our founding members of SPECEF.  Mr. Hanson's involvement in the society spans 35 years as of 2020, and his commitment to the society was one of passion and dedication. This award will be given to an engineering student enrolled in a Canadian University who has shown outstanding commitment to providing revolutionary leadership in their community and/or school.

SPE Calgary Section Scholarship

This scholarship valued at $5,000 CAD is offered by the SPE Calgary Section, an entity of SPE International that aims to provide value to Calgary-based SPE members through technical talks, networking events, and more. This scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in a Canadian educational institution in an energy-related program who has shown outstanding commitment to the SPE community through volunteering at SPE events, committee participation, or involvement in their local Student Chapter.

Corporate Sponsored Scholarships

For the 2024 scholarship season, we are introducing Corporate Sponsored Scholarships. We partnered with energy companies local to Calgary, AB, and the winners of these $5,000 CAD scholarships are guaranteed an interview for an internship with the respective company. Students in their 2nd or 3rd years of study in the energy industry who are eligible to work in Canada, and are living in or willing to relocate to Calgary, AB for the potential internship term will be considered.


The top selected applicant will receive the Stephan V. Benediktson Scholarship of $3,000 CAD and a SPECEF Award Scholarship of $2,500 CAD, totaling the scholarship award amount of $5,500 CAD. Mr. Benediktson is a lifetime SPE Member who wants to make a difference for the next generation of Canadian students in the Energy Industry. The criteria for this award requires the successful candidate to be a Canadian citizen, in their second year pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at a Canadian or US University. Preference will be given to students enrolled in petroleum engineering programs.

2024 Scholarship Winners

We are proud that in 2024, the SPE Canadian Educational Foundation was able to award

$36,000 to 10 students over 6 different educational institutions across provinces.

Join us in congratulating the 2024 Scholarship Winners!


Stephan V. Benediktson Scholarship

Camilla Drost
University of New Brunswick

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Orennia Corporate Sponsored Scholarship

Harnoor Singh
Memorial University of Newfoundland

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McDaniel Corporate Sponsored Scholarship

Giancarlo Widyadharma
University of Calgary

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SPE Calgary Section Scholarship

Mustajab Safarov 
University of Alberta

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B. Hanson Leadership Award

Dmitri Vinokurov
University of Calgary

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General Scholarship

Dylan Huntingford Vianna
University of Calgary

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General Scholarship

Brett Trentham
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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General Scholarship

Xiaolin Bao
University of Calgary

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General Scholarship

Andrew Watson
University of Toronto


General Scholarship

Erik Barrett
University of Calgary

2024 SPECEF Award Ceremony

2024 SPECEF Award Ceremony

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