The best thing about Brigham Young University, in the eyes of Cliff and Lila Lillywhite, is "the spirit and the quality of the students." Since their own sweetheart days on campus, Cliff and Lila have generously remembered current BYU students.
Lila's Uncle Marlow Woodward gave generously to BYU for decades. This photo was taken in Guatemala in 1989 while Marlow was visiting a Benson Institute project which he and his family supported.
Cliff graduated with a B.A. in Japanese and a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Today, years later, Cliff and Lila are generous sponsors of the College of Biology and Agriculture. They focus on helping both programs and individual students.
Cliff grew up on a family dairy farm near Aztec, New Mexico. Lila grew up helping on the Woodward family egg farm in Franklin, Idaho. Her parents and her Uncle Marlow were always generous BYU donors. Today, four of her brothers and her husband manage the egg business which continues to contribute to BYU.
"From the time we were young, each of our parents supported the College in one way or another," Lila said. "So for us, it just seemed a natural thing to do. We've seen it bless the lives of people around the world. We are deeply grateful to our parents for their example in giving."
Just a little help can bless the life of a student who is unable to concentrate on their studies," Cliff said. "Many can then work parttime in an area related to their major where they gain valuable skills and relationships with professors."
Lila and Cliff Lillywhite belong to an extended family that has given and continues to give to BYU and—through it— to the world.
"We've seen how BYU assists people off campus too," Lila said."We visited people in Mexico and Guatemala who were being helped by BYU's Benson Institute. The lives of those people, whether members of the Church or not, have been greatly blessed by a little financial assistance. And even more than money, the people were taught how to adopt life-sustaining practices."
"When we help with their needs," Cliff said, "Church funds can be redirected to build more temples and spread the blessings of the gospel around the world."
"We all have many demands for our financial resources," Cliff said. "We would never want to tell people what to do with their money because it is a very personal thing. All we can say is that our involvement with BYU has been a big blessing to us, and has helped us keep priorities in their proper perspective."