Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship Ministry

The Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship Ministry of the FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF CANOGA PARK awarded four scholarship grants to student-recipients on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, in celebration of the life of Laura Lynn Longman, (1958 – 1984) a young lady raised in the First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park who loved being a ‘Valley Girl’, loved her life as a Christian and loved learning. She graduated from Taft High School in 1976 and began working while attending L.A. Pierce College.

In early 1979 she was diagnosed with heart failure and eventually received an experimental heart transplant at Stanford University Medical Center. During her recovery she traveled the United States by car, and enrolled in San Francisco State University to complete her studies in Biochemistry. She loved science and loved to discuss social issues – even when your opinion differed from hers.

Her family and church cared for her and supported her through illness and recovery. While a senior at San Francisco State University, Laura died in class. So many people had helped her thrive during and after her heart transplant, and she was so grateful, there seemed to be no adequate way to memorialize her motivated, vital and energetic life except by helping other upperclass, undergraduate students to complete their education.

The Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship was founded as a living memorial and on Easter Sunday, 1985 the first scholarship grants were awarded. To date (January 2019) 115 scholarship grants have been awarded in Laura’s memory to 95 different students. Please refer to the Courier Newsletter for May to see this year’s recipients.

Applications for the Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship are available from the church office during the month of December each year. Scholarship awards are given on the following Easter Sunday.

To qualify, a student must be a junior or senior in the fall semester of the year the scholarship is to be awarded and must have a GPA of 2.75 or greater on a 4.0 point system.

Anyone who would like to contribute to this ministry in memory or honor of a loved one are invited to write a check payable to the First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park with the memo line reading “Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship”. Please include a note of dedication to your loved one or honoree. All contributions go to the benefit of students. There are no administrative expenses.

The Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship is a memorial ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park, 22700 Sherman Way, West Hills, and CA 91307.

A video about Laura’s life and the scholarship.

Laura Longman Scholarship


The Laura Longman Memorial Scholarship is awarded every year on Easter Sunday to one or more deserving college juniors and seniors. Laura grew up in our congregation and died of heart failure while a student at San Francisco State University.