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Yasmin Fernandez in front of a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse with a missionary tag.


An Example to Others

While living in Venezuela with her husband and three kids, Yasmin Fernandez and her family decided to move to Florida in search of a better life.

BYU-Idaho President Henry J. Eyring


Heavenly Father Knows Where You Are

In his July 2020 graduation speech, President Henry J. Eyring spoke to graduating students, saying, "As you keep your gospel covenants, what now may seem to be a disappointing departure from the university can become a spiritual milestone."

Rachel Tullis


A Lifesaver

Five years ago, Rachel Tullis would never have imagined who and where she is today—married, with a child, at BYU-Idaho.

A photo of Lindsay Cook


You Already Know the Answer

After two years at another university, a mission, and a marriage, Lindsay Cook is grateful for financial help.

A photo of Lindsay Cook smiling.


Learn, Earn, and Return

Kent and Barbara Michie saw firsthand how BYU-Idaho was making a difference, and that’s when they knew they needed to do more.

Andres Rodriguez smiles for a portrait photo at BYU-Idaho.


I Want that Glow

After his wife’s cancer surgery, Andres wasn’t sure how he’d pay for school.

Michela Malone in a break dance position


Dancing Into the Future

Why would a student choose BYU-Idaho over a prestigious dance school in Italy? For Michela Malone, there’s no mystery.

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Frugality Borne of Faith

What difference did your donation make last year? How will your gift help BYU-Idaho in the years ahead?

A photo of Ashlyn Brinkman sitting in BYU-Idaho’s Ricks Gardens.


Strengthening the Feeble Knees

It isn’t easy for Ashlyn Brinkman to get around campus, but she’s grateful for BYU-Idaho and for donated funds that make her college expenses a little less burdensome.

A photo of university aid recipient Rachel Oickle smiling.


Making Up the Difference

A mission and a mix-up on a student loan application left Rachel Oickle in a tough financial spot, but university aid from generous donors helped her keep up her studies.

John and Peggy Ricks. John is a descendent of Thomas E. Ricks


A Lasting Legacy

Over 150 years ago, Thomas E. Ricks was nearly killed on his way to the Salt Lake Valley. Now, his ancestor John Ricks is keeping his legacy alive through the BYU-Idaho Legacy Society.

Lydia Harris


You're in the Right Place

Lydia Harris found the university where she belonged. There was just one snag.

Ryan Gilbert


Free to Create

A mission and marriage left Ryan Gilbert in a tight financial situation, but financial aid gave him the freedom to pursue his goals.

Ashton Wise


Going Places - With Your Help

After her father’s heart surgery, Ashton Wise wasn’t sure how she would pay for her education.

Casey Slemboski


A Little Donation Goes a Long Way

Casey liked the personal feel of Rexburg but how could she afford to stay?

Simon McHenry


Where My Life Could’ve Been Versus Where It Is Now

"Fortitude, faith and financial resources make education and new life possible."

Amanda Bishop


More Than a Degree

When you help a student attend BYU-Idaho, you’re giving them more than a degree. Find out how your donation makes a difference.

Selina Mayne


An Unforeseen Blessing

Life isn’t always fair—not even for the nicest, hardest-working college students. But when you give to BYU-Idaho, you can help make up the difference.

Colton Western


An Opportunity to Make a Change in the World

When Colton Western found himself in a boring seminary class, he took his spiritual growth into his own hands.

Alice Mackay


Rubbish at Math

How does Pathway change lives? It goes beyond books and grades. It provides hopes for a better future.

Martina Thomas


In a Good Place

When you donate to BYU-Idaho’s scholarship funds, you make the blessings of a Church education available to more students - like Martina Thomas.

Colin Haueter


College or Mission? Colin Knew He Couldn’t Afford Both

Colin had been saving for college for some time. However, when Colin’s bishop asked him to serve a mission, he knew he could afford one or the other – not both.

Lehi santana studying


Strumming a New Chord

Third in a three-part series: Pathway in Monterrey gave Lehi Santana a new perspective and a new dream to conquer.

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Pathway Spirit a Plus for Bianka Martinez

Second in a three-part series: The personalized attention and focused curriculum of Pathway helped Bianka Martinez feel valued and land a better job.

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Pathway Brings New Hope, New Skills

First in a three-part series: On a Thursday night last April, the meeting house gym in Monterrey, Mexico was lined with tables and chairs for 67 very important guests: students hoping to register for their first Pathway semester.

Andrea bradley


Creative Future Burns Bright for Graduate

Former scholarship recipient Andrea Bradley took skills gained at BYU-Idaho south of the border to bless numerous lives.

David Decker


A Niggling Feeling that the Lord Expected More

Contrary to conventional wisdom, David Decker felt to embark on a new educational adventure.

Tim brenna bushman


Pathway Helps Construction Worker Build New Life

Higher education is available and affordable to those who feel that college has passed them by.

Emma Johnson


‘We’ve Gotten Through It - That’s What We Do’

When life changed suddenly, education became the obvious answer.



Scholarships Help Couple Share the Spirit

Couple plans to use their educational skills to bless the lives of others… at home and in the classroom.

Wilde Family

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Wilde about Pathway

Video: What happens when the parents of five children both realize their education is insufficient? Can they drop everything and go back to school?

Kimberly Turnbow


Student Inspires with Passion for Pantone and Pixels

Hard work and prayers led Kimberly Turnbow to BYU-Idaho to pursue her creative dream in graphic design. Her scholarships have not only helped her afford a computer, software, and art supplies, they have also made her more determined to make the generosity of others worth their investment in her.

Cameron Dewitt


Students Speak for Themselves: Cameron DeWitt

A love for exactness and orderliness of numbers leads to a love of serving.

Erin Cohen


Students Speak for Themselves: Erin Cohen

When reality hit like a ton of bricks, she knew it was time to get serious about life.

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Fine Arts Student Embraces Life to Its Fullest

“My art scholarship pushed me to always do my best work,” said Erica Rascon (Houston, Texas). “We can have incredible experiences if we show the initiative. Through just living, learning and experiencing, I have made amazing discoveries about myself. I now have a better feel for how I can make my greatest contributions to the world.”

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Pathway to open 100th domestic site in Rexburg

Pathway's 100th domestic site will open in Rexburg this April.

Maikia Xiong


Maikia Xiong Looks Outward to Lift and Bless Others

Health Science major wants to use wellness training to change lives - especially for those in unfortunate circumstances.

Shawn Adame


Grateful Student Works to Pay It Forward

California convert found that his university studies were financially overwhelming until he received a scholarship. Now he feels not only relief but motivation to excel.

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Pathway in Ghana: Adeola's Story

Video: The most important factor that helps people move to a better life is education. But education is such a struggle In West Africa. It is very expensive. Eighty percent of the population cannot afford higher education. Today, BYU-Idaho is breaking down those barriers with a new online program called Pathway. Watch this video about Adeola's experience as a student in the Pathway program.

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Here's Where Your Gift Goes

Video: Ever wonder what happened to the money you gave to BYU-Idaho? We think it was money well spent, but don't take our word for it. Watch and see.

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New Educational Program Is Providing Opportunity for Thousands Worldwide

Video: In addition to the obvious educational and career benefits Pathway can provide, perhaps the most valuable aspect of this program for participants is the spiritual nourishment that comes through regular gospel study and the association of fellow students.

Adri Reyes Miranda


Faith and Hard Work Help Chilean Student Overcome Challenges

It sounds romantic, but journeying from a faraway land to attend college at BYU-Idaho can be more difficult that getting a stamp in your passport.

May Lundy

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The BYU-Idaho Experience Prepares Students to Succeed

Video: May is a natural leader. Her work ethic and values landed her a key job at a prestigious digital media company.

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Helping Others through Education

Sarah desires to help those with disabilities with music therapy. Her training at BYU-Idaho is helping her head in that direction.

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BYU-Idaho Improves the Quality Experience of its Students

Video: President Clark shares how BYU-Idaho prepares students to become disciple leaders in their homes, at church, and throughout the world. He invites you to join in blessing the lives of students.

BYU-Idaho students


A Smile and a “Hello”

While walking across the Brigham Young University–Idaho campus recently and passing several people who smiled and said “hello,” I reflected on my time here as a student 23 years ago.

Ashley Smith

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Illustrating a Pathway

Video: Ashley Smith got a clear vision of what she was going to do in her life at BYU-Idaho. Her scholarship helped turn her illustration training into a creative and viable business.

Jacob Spori


How $177 Saved a University and Continues Blessing Students

Over the past seven years, many people have given the specific amount of $177 to BYU–Idaho. Why that amount? It’s an interesting story.

BYU-I center


Church Reaffirms Its Commitment to Education With the Dedication of Two Buildings at BYU-Idaho

On a frigid Friday morning, thousands gathered on the campus of Brigham Young University–Idaho in Rexburg as President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the BYU-Idaho Center and Hyrum Manwaring Student Center.

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Savoring the Beauty Around Us

While I was in Salt Lake City recently on business, I made a decision that impacted me in a peaceful and profound way.

Michelle Hubbard


Grant Enables Nursing Student to Finish Degree

Michelle’s advisor suggested she contact the financial aid office and apply for a grant. She received a tuition grant and is now eight semester hours away from her nursing degree. In addition to her financial aid, Michelle works full time to help pay her medical bills and a portion of the family’s living expenses.

David Baird


Internships and Financial Aid Prepare Student for Medical School

David Baird had three main reasons for attending BYU-Idaho: convenience, money, and ballroom dance. With BYU-Idaho only 30 minutes from his hometown and having received a full-tuition scholarship, it didn’t make sense to go anywhere else. But after four years of school and a two-year mission to Russia, David discovered that the experience and education gained at BYU-Idaho helped prepare him for medical school.

Lynn Perkes


Healthy Gifts from Generous Donors Help Establish Wellness Center

The Wellness Center provides a long-awaited resource where students can practice what they’re being taught in the classroom. Perkes, the Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been looking forward to opening such a facility for a long time.

Alvin and Wanda Couch


Agents of Change—Alvin and Wanda Couch Casting Bread upon the Water

For Alvin and Wanda Couch, giving in support of students was a natural choice. “We just have always felt that education was an important aspect of life,” Wanda said.


Idaho Falls Temple president speaks to BYU-Idaho students

John H. Groberg, president of the Idaho Falls Temple, encouraged Brigham Young University-Idaho students to increase their faith in the Lord during a devotional address given Sept. 30.


BYU-Idaho fall enrollment reaches record number

The number of students attending Brigham Young University-Idaho unintentionally reached an all-time high in Fall Semester. Official enrollment statistics show the head count stands at 13,759 students, compared to 13,155 a year ago - a 4.6 percent increase from Fall 2007.

Roshana Jensen


Self-Confidence Helps Single Mom Change Life

Roshana Jensen chose BYU-Idaho because of its strong LDS culture, its program offerings, and its reputation for being a good, smaller school. But Roshana also found the university to be a big help in overcoming some of life’s problems.

Leonard Crop


Convert Plans to Return to Tanzania with Education and Experience

Few people travel across hemispheres to gain an education so they can return home to make a difference in an emerging economy. But that’s exactly what Leonard Kalimasi is doing. Leaving Tanzania on the east coast of Africa in 2004, Leonard came to BYU-Idaho to start his college education.

Aaron Meacham


Scholarship Helps Returned Missionary

BYU-Idaho has been nothing short of a wonderful experience for Aaron. It has shaped his entire outlook. A mission changed his desires and focus and got him on the right course, and BYU–Idaho is keeping him on the path that he hopes to travel along far into the future.

Jordan Houseman


Give Everyone a Chance to Succeed

Jordan was attracted to BYU-Idaho to pursue both a temporal and spiritual education. “My education here has helped me in many ways,” he said. “I have been trained to be successful in everything I pursue by adhering to principles of honesty and integrity.”

Karin Rice


Hard Work and Testimony Help Grades Improve

When Karin Rice became a single mother with four small children, her feelings of self-worth hit rock bottom. For the first time since becoming a mother, she found she needed to work. With only a high school education, she knew she would not be able to support her family. “I prayed very sincerely about what I should do,” said Karin. “I soon realized the Lord wanted me to be in school.”

Shawnee Lubeck


Faith and Work Benefit Utah Student

Most high school seniors would jump at the opportunity to get a college education, especially if they could do so on scholarship. Shawnee Lubeck felt incredibly blessed when she received not one, but two full-ride scholarships from two different institutions. So what did she do? She turned them both down and decided to attend BYU-Idaho instead.