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Thanks for the gifts

Appreciation expressed for contributions to BYU

PROVO, Utah — In a question-and-answer session at the spring meeting of the BYU President's Leadership Council, Elder Richard G. Scott thanked those whose contributions support Church schools.

"Your deeply appreciated contributions make us increasingly more capable of assisting these extraordinary students as they develop not only academic expertise but also character that is deeply spiritual and committed to the Lord," said Elder Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve, who serves as chairman of the BYU Board of Trustees Executive Committee.

Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy and Church Commissioner of Education also addressed the meeting.

Elder Kerr told the council about a student who graduated from BYU and was accepted to a highly regarded medical school. Initially this student felt quite intimidated among his fellow first-years, as most of them were graduates of Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and other prestigious universities. However, he soon realized how well his BYU experience had prepared him for that rigorous and competitive program.

"This is just one case, but it highlights the academic quality of this institution," said Elder Kerr.

During other sessions of the meetings, students and graduates whose BYU education included one or more mentored learning experiences presented musical talents, social science research projects, creative portfolios, or scientific findings to council members.

The BYU President's Leadership Council is composed of BYU alumni and friends and serves as an important advisory group to the university. Council members support BYU with their time, expertise, and financial means. Currently, 75 families constitute the council.

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson of the Seventy and BYU president called the achievements of BYU students "awe-inspiring."

"When I visit with a student and see what she or he has accomplished and see how her or his life has changed, I recognize that lives are going to be affected over the years and the generations ahead," he said. "And when I multiply that by the several thousand students who graduate each year, I think it is impossible to estimate the sum of our students' accomplishments."

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