Emily Longworth Memorial Award

Each year, the Emily Longworth Memorial Award helps to fund curriculum enrichment and/or extracurricular activities that promote positive social change, including multicultural understanding, healthy lifestyles, and environmental awareness.

The award is intended to inspire children to achieve their full potential in life. It is open to student teachers at SFU and UBC who are completing their practicum at the elementary level. 

Applications Open:

May 1, 2024

Application Deadline:

October 1, 2024 (4:30 p.m.) 

Eligibility Criteria:

Elementary student teachers with a final practicum in the Fall 2024 or Spring 2025 term

How to Apply:


The Emily Longworth Memorial Award was established in memory of Emily Longworth — a bright, young student teacher at Hastings Elementary School who worked tirelessly to make a positive impact on the children she worked with. 

Tragedy struck in February 2007 when a hostel fire in Chile claimed the lives of Emily, her friend and fellow teacher, Lauren, and eight others. The award was established by Emily's loving family to celebrate her generous spirit. 


All applications must include the following:


(available when applications open)

  • Applicant name(s), SFU email address(es), SFU ID
  • Program (PDP or PLP) and final practicum term (Fall or Spring)
  • School name
  • School address (mailing)
  • Principal’s name and email address
  • School Associate’s name and email address
  • Grade(s)
  • Class size; number of students
  • Field trip location and address
  • Method of transportation


A one-page summary of the proposed project detailing (upload to Survey Monkey Survey Application):

  • The proposed activities (what it is the practicum student teacher proposes to do);
  • The benefits to the children and/or community and the number of children who will benefit from the project (why these activities are important or worth doing).
  • School context paragraph including the needs and demographics of the school; Help prioritize inner city schools.

Detailed Budget

The budget should detail what funds are needed and what they will be used for (upload to Survey Monkey Survey Application).

  • Meals are typically not funded – only eligible if students cannot access hot lunch
  • Cost of materials for activity for the classroom
  • Capital costs will not be funded

Letters of Support

Provide letters of support from (upload to Survey Monkey Survey Application):

  1. Faculty Associate and
  2. Either the Principal of the school or the School Associate.
  3. Include who is supporting (supervision)

Awards will be distributed based on the following: 

  • Students must be enrolled in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and be registered as a teaching practicum student in an elementary school setting; 
  • Proposed projects must demonstrate potential for social change and preference will be given to projects based in high-needs and/or less-privileged areas; 
  • Projects must be completed within the practicum term and must be designed and directed by the teaching practicum student submitting the application.

It is expected that several awards will be made from the fund each year and awarded in the Fall (or Spring term for those completing their long practicum in the spring). The value of each award will be based on the project budget submitted by the practicum student.

Note: Priority will be given to high-needs schools.

Once you have completed your Survey Monkey Survey Application and uploaded all relevant criteria, please submit your application by the deadline. If you have any questions, please email pps_teacher_education@sfu.ca.

Applicants who are awarded funds will need to provide a Final Report by the end of their long practicum. (See below for details.)


Successful applicants are required to prepare and submit a final report to the Preservice Professional Studies Office following the practicum, documenting activities and the learning outcomes resulting from the students' participation. 

The final report should be concise and include photos or other artifacts directly related to the children’s participation. 

A final budget detailing actual expenditures shall be attached. Any surplus remaining from an approved grant after the conclusion of the project shall remain with the school, to be used for the benefit of children in that school.

Sample report:
* Emily Longworth Final Report_Trisha Storey.pdf
Note: Budget details have been excluded from the example.

Final Report Template


To date, the Emily Longworth Memorial Award has helped more than 400 SFU student teachers fund a wide variety of projects that have benefited over 13,000 elementary school children.

Some of these projects have included:  

  • Field trips to Science World, the Vancouver Aquarium, Fly Over Canada, Grouse Mountain, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Britannia Mine Museum, and many more 
  • In-school workshops, including Science World: On The Road and Vancouver Aquarium: Aquazone 
  • Recycling and gardening programs 
  • Presentations by Indigenous authors, artists and guest speakers 
  • Rock climbing and other outdoor activities


When will successful applicants be notified and when will the funds be received?

Typically, decisions will be made by the end of October. Successful applicants will have the funds sent directly to their school during the first week of November.

How much funding is available?

Funding can be applied for based on approximately $20-25 per student involved. Projects that exceed this amount will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What are capital costs?

Capital costs represent the fixed, one-time investments made in acquiring land, buildings, and equipment essential for producing goods or delivering services. These expenditures include the purchase of property and the costs associated with construction and procuring machinery.

What happens to any residual funds?

Any residual funds will be kept by the school and used to directly benefit the students.

Can the funds be used for the benefit of more than one class?

Yes. Funds can be used to benefit students in one or many classes. Student teachers may also submit a joint application if you are completing your practicum at the same school.