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2023 Scholarship Application

Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship Fund Background

Established in 2013 in memory of the CNE’s then-Director of Sponsorship & Partnerships who passed away suddenly that year, the Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship Fund bestows grants to assist outstanding post-secondary students as they pursue their studies. Students employed by the Canadian National Exhibition or Exhibition Place, who work at the annual CNE, are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients exemplify the values of the CNE Foundation and honour Eamonn O’Loghlin’s indomitable spirit, his love for Canada, and his commitment to youth, community service and the CNE.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please note the online system will not accept applications beyond this time.

Available Scholarships

Each year, the CNE Foundation awards two $1,500 scholarships to two post-secondary students. The scholarship funding can be used to assist with costs related to a post-secondary program, such as tuition, course fees or course books.


This opportunity is open to seasonal CNE employees or Exhibition Place employees hired on behalf of the CNE to work at the event:

  • The employee must be in good standing and have completed their full work term.
  • The employee must be enrolled in an eligible post-secondary program. Note: The CNE Foundation considers recognized university, college or trade programs as eligible post-secondary programs.
  • Past recipients, and children or dependents of CNE Foundation, CNE or Exhibition Place employees, or CNE/CNE Foundation Board Directors are not eligible to apply.
Application Process

Please ensure that you submit the following mandatory components with your application to qualify:

  • Contact information
  • Proof of enrollment in a recognized university, college or trades program for the fall of 2023
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (see note below)
  • Your personal opinion essay on the 2023 selected topic (maximum 3,750 characters or approximately 750 words)
  • Parent/guardian consent (if under 18 years of age)

You will have the option to save your online application and return to it before the application deadline. Please note that all components must be submitted with your application at the same time, by the application deadline.

Note: For clarification, we are looking for two complete letters of recommendation, as opposed to contact information for your references for us to be in touch with.

In terms of the recommendation letters themselves, they should help reinforce your application with the selection committee. The letters could reference your character, work ethic, work or school performance, community service work, etc., to help the committee with their assessment of the applications.

Examples of individuals to approach for your recommendation letters could include a supervisor from a paid job or a volunteer experience, a teacher, a professor, or a community or religious leader, to name a few. The individual should not be related to you, but should also be someone who is familiar enough with you to recommend that an academic scholarship be awarded to you.

2023 Personal Opinion Essay Topic

Financial literacy is an important life skill for youth and this is even more so the case during times of changes in the economy. During the recent past, due to various factors, we’ve seen higher inflation rates and interest rates, and the cost of housing is higher in terms of rent and mortgage payments. There have also been changes in the job market, including changes in youth employment numbers.

Please reflect on the role of financial literacy in navigating important life decisions and positively impacting the futures of youth, and the greater economy.

How does your employment at the CNE impact you and help you prepare for your future, financially and otherwise?

Terms and Conditions
  1. The applicant confirms that the personal essay submitted with their application is their own original work and that external sources used are referenced appropriately. The applicant acknowledges that their application may be disqualified if the CNE Foundation in its sole discretion identifies plagiarism.
  2. The personal essay submitted by each successful scholarship candidate may be published on the CNE Foundation website, social feeds, or in such other media as the CNE Foundation determines in its sole discretion. This may include publication on the CNE website and social media feeds. The applicant consents to this publication if selected to receive a scholarship.
  3. If the applicant is chosen as a scholarship recipient, he or she agrees to provide a photograph of themselves that is suitable for publication along with the essay on the CNE Foundation website, media release and/or the CNE Annual Report.
  4. The applicant, if chosen as one of the successful candidates, agrees to be available and take part in interviews by news media, together with a representative of the CNE Foundation or CNE.
  5. The applicant acknowledges that only employees have completed the full work term with the CNE (or with Exhibition Place during the CNE) for the 2023 season will be eligible to be selected as a scholarship recipient.
  6. Applicants who are 18 years of age and under acknowledge that they have discussed this application with their parent or guardian, and that their parent or guardian has consented to this application by signing below.
  7. Personal information collected through this form will be used for administration purposes, including the scholarship application review process and for contacting the successful candidates. Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions about the collection of this information.
Selection Process and Notification

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee after the application submission window has closed. The successful grant recipients will be announced in mid-to-late October. To identify the two successful candidates, the selection committee will complete an assessment of all applications received. This will include personal and academic achievement, community involvement and volunteerism and leadership, as well as each candidate’s personal opinion essay.


Please be in touch with any questions at [email protected] or 416-263-3800.

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