HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY)-- The first recipient of the Miranda Novitsky college scholarship was awarded Wednesday afternoon at Horseheads High School. Miranda and her dad Harold were tragically killed in a fatal car crash last year in Steuben County.

Family and friends set up a scholarship fund through the Community Foundation in the name of the 19-year-old soccer star and former Horseheads High School student.

Miranda's mom Lisa Novitsky awarded the first college scholarship to a Horseheads high school senior who will be attending college in the fall.

Lisa tells us the loss of her daughter has been very difficult but she is happy she can do something in honor of her while also helping someone with their dreams of going to college. At the time of her death, Miranda was a rising sophomore and soccer player at SUNY Geneseo.  

"It feels great and heartbreaking at the same time. Because I'm honoring her but yet my heart is broken missing her. It's been a rough year but it's at least something that I can do to continue honoring her while I'm still here to do so," Novitsky said.

Abigale Schwab was this year's award winner and received a $750 dollar scholarship in Miranda's name.

Lisa added she will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser for the Miranda Novitsky Scholarship fund. The event will take place on July 3rd at the Mark Twain Golf Course in Elmira.

Earlier this month, another scholarship created to honor Miranda and her father Harold's memory and love of soccer was awarded to a local senior. Elmira High School's Delaney Maloney was the first recipient of the Harold and Miranda Novitsky Soccer Scholarship at the Elmira Express Athletic Awards ceremony on June 9th. Delaney played travel soccer with Miranda, and the girls were friends. Delaney will continue to play soccer at Nazareth College.