Emily Longworth 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:

September 1, 2023

Application Deadline:

October 3, 2023 (4:30 p.m.) 


Elementary student teachers with a final practicum in the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 term

How to Apply:

Submit a written proposal and detailed budget to pps_teacher_education@sfu.ca


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. 


It is expected that several awards will be made from the fund each year. The value of each award will be based on the project budget submitted by the practicum student.

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 term of the practicum and must be designed and directed by the teaching practicum student submitting the application.

All applications must include the following:


A one-page summary of the proposed project detailing:

  1. The proposed activities (what it is the practicum student teacher proposes to do);
  2. 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).

Detailed Budget

The budget should detail what funds are needed and what they will be used for.

Letters of Support

Provide letters of support from the faculty associate and either the principal of the school or the school associate.

Once you have prepared your application, email all documents to pps_teacher_education@sfu.ca by the deadline.

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


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 should 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.

Final Report Template

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


To date, the Emily Longworth Memorial Award has helped more than 350 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 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.