I have seen and felt the Lord
More than just a degree. But BYU-Pathway has always had more to offer than well-designed education programs. Getting the gospel of Jesus Christ deep into a student’s heart is critical to what we do. Beyond teaching useful job-ready skills, we help students develop faith that they are children of God with unimpeded access to heaven’s help. That knowledge is essential as students take their first steps on their educational journey, especially when that journey begins in a time of such widespread global uncertainty.
Virtual gatherings. To serve as many members as possible, BYU-Pathway is designed to operate everywhere the Church is organized. After years of piloting, we launched virtual gatherings for BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s PathwayConnect, originally intended to help students who were unable to travel to an in-person location. When the pandemic hit, thanks to robust technical systems and our dedicated team of service missionaries, we were able to seamlessly move all groups to an online-only format.
Returned missionary scholarships. In 2019, BYU-Pathway partnered with the Missionary Department to pre-approve all returning missionaries for admission. In 2020, we strengthened that partnership by offering a 25% tuition discount to all returning missionaries, and returned missionary enrollment in PathwayConnect increased by 78% from the year before. BYU-Pathway became a safe harbor for young missionaries displaced by COVID-19, providing them with a way to keep progressing, both temporally and spiritually.Forward with faith. When encouraging us to embrace the future with faith, our beloved prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, said, “The Lord told us how with simple, but stunning, reassurance: ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.’ What a promise! It is one that can literally change the way we see our future.”
All my best,
CLARK G. GILBERT
President of BYU-Pathway Worldwide