Laryssa Webster, a 2022 graduate from Bradford Area High School, has been awarded a $3,000 Harry Lasky Scholarship.
The Lasky Fellowships, which have been awarded for the past 15 years to BAHS graduates, are named in memory of longtime Bradford civic leader Harry Lasky, whose heirs endowed the fellowships as part of the Bradford Public Independent non-profit Schools Foundation.
The awards are given in recognition of his involvement in community and school activities, character references, academic achievement and financial responsibility, and an essay describing his citizenship dealing with a political, educational or environmental issue. Judging of recipient nominations is made by a diverse panel of community leaders.
The monetary amounts of the scholarships varied each year depending on the investment interest earned on the endowment. To date, over $200,000 has been donated. The National County Bank manages the Lasky Fund and all education-related funds under the Foundation through its offices in Bradford and Clearfield. All directors of the Foundation serve without remuneration. The President of the Foundation is William Chapman, the Secretary is Dr. George Evans.
Webster, a daughter of Paul and Lisa Webster of Bradford, will attend St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, majoring in history with a pre-law intent. At BAHS, she was recognized on the Distinguished Honor Roll from fifth to senior year, which included advanced placement and college courses in the classroom. She was its main representative, the reunion committee, a member of the Green Club and the Travel Club, and an inductee into the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.
In the community, she was a lifeguard and swim coach at the Bradford Family YMCA, from August 2020 to June this year. She also found time to serve as a lifeguard at Bartlett Country Club in Olean, NY, coaching children ages 8-13 and training future lifeguards.
Webster served for ten years as an altar server at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bradford, as well as a four-year volunteer to help raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Her honors and awards include the Presidential Fitness Award for four years in high school, the William Sasche Award for demonstrating YMCA character traits and leading by positive example, and qualifying for district qualifying rounds, State and national for the YMCA swim team.