Ian J. Render Memorial Endowed Scholarship
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Ian J. Render graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Mathematics-Secondary
Education in 2012. Following graduation, he participated in the Cross Cultural Teaching in South Africa
Study Abroad program. After his internship year, Ian relocated to Denver, Colorado to teach seventh
grade math. He was also enrolled in MSU's online Teaching and Curriculum Master's Degree program.
Ian passed away November 9, 2014 at the age of 24 from SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in
Epilepsy). His family, friends, coworkers and students all miss his sense of humor, optimism,
compassion and enthusiasm for life. Ian loved MSU, especially the sports teams.
Ian's experience with Study Abroad was one of the high points of his life. He felt a kinship with his
MSU companions and the South African people he met through the program. Ian mentioned many
times how he hoped to return to South Africa in the future. He kept mementos of his trip at home and in
his classroom. Ian felt that the experience enriched the quality of his teaching.
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