Abby Furco Memorial Scholarship

Abby captured the hearts of people around the globe with her spunk, bright smile, determination, and zest for life. She was an artist, chef, Girl Scout, and sock designer. Abby loved reading, learning, traveling, going to camp, playing Minecraft, and the colors green and blue. Most of all, she loved spending time with her parents, her sisters, Maggie & Emily, and countless friends. 

Her resiliency and gusto for life was learned early on in life, while growing up as a military child.  Abby always knew how to take the changes and challenges of life and deal with them fiercely!  The Naval Aviation community has always supported the Furco family and embraced Abby as she too fought her own battles.  Many a sailor shaved in solidarity and fundraised for pediatric cancer research in her honor!

Abby’s impact is far reaching, beyond the wings of gold! 

Diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4, Abby endured more than 2 ½ years of treatment. After eleven months of remission, her cancer returned. A bone marrow transplant put her cancer in remission again but caused acute graft vs. host disease. The damage done to her heart by chemotherapy was severe. In early September, Abby had surgery to place a pump in her heart. While the surgery was a success, her kidneys failed, and she suffered a stroke. Abby passed away on October 19, 2021 shortly after her 15th birthday.

The Nuclear Aviation Aircraft Carrier Command families, on behalf of CAPT Joe and Patty Furco, proudly honors the memory of Abby through this scholarship. This scholarship aims to inspire others to Live Like Abby. 


Your Memorial Donation

There is no better way to memorialize the life of Abby Furco than by giving to her scholarship that will change the lives of students reaching for their academic goals. 

Your thoughtful memorial gift can be made online using our secure donation platform, Give Direct or by check mailed to Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation. If you would like to donate through a wire transfer, please contact Andrea Meinicke Diamond at

Your memorial donation will be directed to the Abby Furco Memorial Scholarship.  

Online Donations

If you prefer to  make your memorial donation electronically, you can choose to give using a credit card or e-check securely through Give Direct HERE.

Mail-In Donations

Please make checks payable to Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation and note in the memo Abby Furco Scholarship.

Send to:
Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation
770 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 155
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Once your memorial gift is received, whether electronically or by mail, the Foundation will send a note to the Furco family acknowledging your gift. 


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