Family creates scholarship in memory of Junior member

Posted On: Wednesday, 01 June 2022

“We just continue to honor her,” said Virginia Moylan of her late daughter, Alivia. “She was an exceptional young girl.” 
Alivia passed away in 2020 at the age of 12 following a tragic all-terrain vehicle accident. Since then, her family has focused on honoring her memory through the Alivia Paige Moylan Memorial Scholarship Fund.
On June 11, the first “Livi Strong” Memorial Soccer Fest will be held in Whitesboro, N.Y.
Proceeds from the Soccer Fest will go toward scholarships for students who exemplify Alivia’s commitment to athletics, academics, friendship, and community, and who wish to enter the health care or veterinary science field. For more information on the event, visit For those unable to be there in person, but still want to contribute to the cause, you can donate here.
In addition to her love of sports, Alivia was very active in her local American Legion Auxiliary New York Unit 1113. 
“She placed flags every year with her father at gravesites, she helped with the chicken barbecues every year, and she would donate her time for whatever she could,” Virginia recalled. “She was very involved — always doing something.” 
Alivia participated in extracurriculars and was an honors student at school.
“She loved everybody and made everybody laugh,” she said. “If she knew someone was having a bad day, she made them smile.” 
One thing that brought Alivia great joy was animals — it didn’t matter what kind. She was thinking of maybe becoming a veterinarian or a marine biologist someday. 
“She was always wanting to give back to the community, and I think someone like that should be honored,” Virginia said. 
Earlier this year, the Auxiliary held a raffle to benefit the Alivia Paige Moylan Memorial Scholarship Fund. Auxiliary member and local artist Judy Dimbleby painted a watercolor still life bouquet of poppies and donated it for the raffle, which raised over $2,000 toward the fund. 
The scholarship will begin in 2025, the year Alivia would have graduated from high school. It will go to an honors student from the Whitesboro Central School District who plans to major in veterinary health or health care. 
Donations to the scholarship fund can be mailed to the Moylan residence at 20 Mohawk St.,
Whitesboro, NY 13492. For further questions, please email Virginia at
“I feel lucky that everyone loved her so much and they care for us so much,” she said. “This helps to honor her so she will never be forgotten. She was amazing. She really was.” 

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