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The INI Establishes Fellowship in Alumnus' Memory

August 20, 2012

The INI announces the Innocent Habiyaremye Fellowship, an honor given at graduation to one student who embodies a sense of community spirit in his or her everyday actions. The fellowship has been established in memory of an MS20 INI alumnus who inspired others through his kindness and volunteer activities.

An immigrant turned role model, Innocent Habiyaremye (April 30, 1980 – June 20, 2012) was well known as a friend, student leader, volunteer, teacher and consultant. Innocent grew up in Kigali, Rwanda, where he earned a bachelor of science from Kigali Institute of Technology. Innocent was among a handful of eager students whom Carnegie Mellon recruited from Rwanda, and he moved to the United States in 2008. He pursued the INI's Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley Master of Science in Information Technology-Information Security program that allowed him to split time between Pittsburgh and Mountain View. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon in May 2010.

Throughout his life, Innocent was an active volunteer, such as for student organizations, for local children as a teacher and tutor, for Habitat for Humanity and for several other community groups. He was a volunteer member of the INI Alumni Leadership Council, to which he dedicated time to meet with other alumni and advise the INI administration. He was known fondly by many, and it has been said he "always had a smile."

Innocent died suddenly from a blood clot in June 2012. His unexpected death evoked an outpouring of testimonials to his kindness from people in both Rwanda and the United States whose lives he had touched.

How to Contribute

Online, donors may visit www.cmu.edu/giving and specify the Innocent Habiyaremye memorial fellowship endowment on the submission form. As part of Carnegie Mellon's endowment, contributions provide a permanent source of income to the university. These funds are invested for long-term growth, and a percentage of the earnings is withdrawn, year after year, and distributed to the fellowship.

INI alumni, their families and other members of the INI community are encouraged to contribute at the level of the Andrew Carnegie Society ($1,000 or more annually). The Andrew Carnegie Society promotes leadership in giving and sustained growth.

Pictured above: Innocent Habiyaremye