Travel scholarship awarded in name of late Madison native

Travel scholarship awarded in name of late Madison native

MADISON, Ala. (WAFF) - Grieving parents saw their son’s legacy come to life Wednesday.

Two Bob Jones High School students received scholarships to travel abroad, thanks to a foundation started in his name.

Madison native Ian Clough died in a boating accident last summer.

His mother says he loved to travel and see the world. So instead of flowers, Lesa Clough asked for donations for a travel scholarship fund.

Ian’s friends started a GoFundMe. They raised $33,000 in just seven days.

Lesa Clough said she’s so thankful to everyone who donated.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be able to keep his memory alive, to keep his adventurous spirit alive, and that’s our, that’s our hope now, and a way of spreading his love and his adventure to other students," she said.

Lesa Cloughis a retired Spanish teacher, so she’s seen students who deserve to explore but couldn’t afford it.

She said she hopes the Explore the World Foundation keeps growing.

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