The Phoenix Chapter is pleased to participate in the Alumni Replenishment Grant program: providing financial assistance to current BYU students from the Phoenix area, that is later repaid to help the next Phoenix students in need. Patterned after the LDS Church’s Perpetual Emigration Fund of the 1850’s, this is a program that blesses the recipients not only as they receive much needed monetary support to complete their schooling, but also as they later enjoy the reward of knowing they’ve expressed their thanks by providing that same opportunity for another. We know these grants are a vital resource in aiding our local students to graduate and are extremely grateful to generous donors and prior replenishment grant recipients who annually provide the necessary funds.
In the 1850s many European converts to the Church of Jesus Christ lacked the financial means to gather to Utah. The Perpetual Emigration Fund enabled tens of thousands of members to do so. In turn, they were asked to repay the funds so others could follow.
Students selected to receive replenishment grants follow the same principle: they not only receive financial aid for themselves, but they also assist those who follow. Just as the Perpetual Emigration Fund met a need and blessed lives, the replenishment grants help students reach their goals, for which assistance they express gratitude.
The chapter grants are funded by donations from alumni and friends of the university in particular areas of the country. In each case, an endowment to support the grants has been established, often after years of effort by dedicated individuals. In like manner the Alumni Association has built a general endowment with funding from various sources.
Although there are no legal obligations, each year the Alumni Association is contacted by students who are ready to repay their grants. “Some students pay in increments, others all at once,” says Roy A. Brinkerhoff, ’84, assistant manager of alumni activities. “One student’s business returned the grant threefold.”