The Brighton Area Historical Society (BAHS) established a memorial scholarship after the death in 2019 of its former director and director emeritus, Larry Lawrence. The scholarship is awarded annually to anyone who graduated from a Brighton Area School and is going to a trade or vocational School.
Larry Lawrence graduated from the Brighton Area High School in 1964 and served with great pride, bravery and courage in the 9th Infantry Division during Vietnam from 1966-1967. After returning from service, his career turned to the automotive industry. He worked at Car Kraft and Cars & Concepts, where he was a painter for special projects such as the Boss 429 Mustang and the 1977 Indy pace car, before opening Lawrence Auto Body in 1977. He proudly served as director and director emeritus of the Brighton Area Historical Society. His death was a great loss to his family, friends and the community he loved.
The award has been in existence for two years through the donations of many of Lawrence’s friends and members of the historical society. Through these donations, BAHS has been able to award four $1,000 scholarships. This year’s awardees are Karly Cacicedo, a Brighton High graduate who will be attending the Douglas J. Aveda School of Cosmetology with a goal to own her own hair studio; and Mason Verbvison, also a Brighton High graduate who will be attending Washtenaw Community College studying welding and automotive technology.