April 2019 News Perspective Online

Office of Development

April is always a bittersweet month because we will soon say goodbye to students who will be graduating in May.

Our faculty and staff have formed bonds with these students, and are excited that many will be taking positions of leadership in the Church and in other settings.  We are confident that, with their natural gifts and abilities, and with the education they have received at Perkins, they will be successful in their lives of ministry.

Most of these graduates, along with the rest of the student body, could not have pursued their studies if they had not received significant financial help during their time at Perkins.  They will not be going out into high-paying jobs—they have been called to serve and empowered to lead, but have been not been given any assurance of financial independence!

Our many donor friends have been influential in helping them complete their degrees.  Each year, we receive more than $2.5 million from faithful donors so that Perkins’ operational needs are met, and scholarships can be awarded to worthy and needy students.

Because our enrollment is expanding, and we will have a larger student body next year, we will have even more demand for our scholarship dollars.  We need your help.

We are asking every friend of Perkins to make a contribution to the important ongoing work of our School of Theology.

To be a part, click here and select an area of your interest in the drop down menu.  If you don’t know which fund to select, let me suggest either the “SMU Fund for Perkins,” the Dean’s discretionary fund, or “Perkins School Student Financial Aid.”  Those two funds are the first two listed in the drop-down menu.

If you would rather give by check, make it out to “SMU” and on the notation line list the “SMU Fund for Perkins” or “Student Financial Aid.”  Send the check to me and I will make sure it gets into the right account.

John A. Martin
Perkins Development
PO Box 750133
Dallas, TX 75275-0133

As always, you can email ( or call (214-768-2026).  Thank you for your generosity.

John A. Martin
Director of Development
Perkins School of Theology