Francesca Martino Memorial

Francesca Luciana Ferrari Rojas Tijerina Martino, 23, was killed in a traffic accident on Monday, October 19, 2009, in Orlando, Florida. The other driver was at fault and was cited with violating Florida Statute 316.122 vehicle turning left. Legal issues are discussed separately.

She was wearing her Shoei RF-1000 full face helmet, Cortech Adrenaline gloves, leather jacket and Garne Black Rose boots at the time of the accident.

Francesca Martino was nearing graduation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and was already an intern at NASA while still taking classes at Embry-Riddle. She had already completed 200 credits when it takes 120 credits to graduate. She was majoring in aerospace engineering, aerospace studies, and minoring in mechanical engineering, mathematics, human factors (ergonomics) and psychology. She was posthumously awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (aka rocket science) on Monday, May 10, 2010.

Articles about her life have already been written at:

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Eulogy Amber S. Gell
Her Last Dean's List Maj Mirmirani, Dean, College of Engineering, ERAU
The Ultimate “Graduate” Dallas McFadden, coworker at Kennedy Space Center
Letter from Robert D. Cabana Director, Kennedy Space Center
Letter from Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Francesca Poem Alyssa Nichols
Francesca Martino's life was devoted to traveling to space St. Petersburg Times
Eagles Mourn the Loss of Francesca Martino Embry-Riddle Athletics
Student Passes Away In Tragic Accident Embry-Riddle Student Government Association
Francesca Martino: NASA Intern's Astronaut Dreams End Too Soon Orlando Sentinel
In Memory of Francesca Martino Blog Spot
Motorcycle News Blog Ride 850
Sigma Sigma Sigma Remembers a Sister's Life Embry-Riddle Avion Newspaper
NASA Latina Intern Astronaut Wanted To Go To Mars Gerald Maxey
Francesca in Endeavour Cockpit NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Alma de Estrella Hope Orozco
Francesca's Last Resume (10/5/2009) Francesca Martino

Feel free to post publicly on any of the blogs above, or you may send a private email to Richard Martino.

A memorial fund has been established to pay her college debts and to help other students studying the arts and sciences. Donations will be accepted at the:

Francesca Martino College Fund
c/o Ms. Michelle Johanning
Personal Banker
Community Bank
9001 Belcher Road
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Telephone: (727) 548-9001

From the monies donated to this fund, we have been awarding the annual Francesca Luciana Martino Memorial Scholarship at St. Petersburg Catholic High School from which Francesca graduated in 2004. This scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to the member of the graduating class who exudes a passion for mathematics as a tool to design and complete engineering projects. Inscribed on the plaque is one of Francesca's favorite quotations:

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.
—Galileo Galilei

The students who have been awarded this scholarship are:

2011 Christina Ann Kathleen Lahiff
2012 Stephen Dillon
2013 Ashling Lupiani
2014 David Allen Weck
2015 Kelly Anne Burke
* 2016 Brooke Delaney Papa
2017 Jake Digby Friske
2018 Denielle Kirk Lauron Abaquita
2019 Angelina Cao

* In 2016, Francesca's mother, Cecilia Tijerina Martino died. Because of the extra donations to the Francesca Martino College Fund, we are increasing this award to $1,250 per year.



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