As you read this issue of Perspective, and if you resonate with the kind of education offered at Perkins School of Theology, please join us in making Perkins more affordable for students. We want to make a Perkins education within reach of every qualified student who applies.

God continues to call women and men to ministry in a multiplicity of forms. As our partners, who care about trained clergy and laity, please remember that you can help in a variety of ways.

Did you know that you can give recurring gifts to Perkins in the same way you pay monthly bills out of your checking account or from a credit/debit card?  To do that, visit the Perkins giving site here and select “Perkins School Student Financial Aid” from the drop-down menu.  Gifts of any size are important as we seek to make education more affordable for students called to ministry.  One-time gifts are welcome, but recurring gifts are a handy way to continue participating in this important work.  Recurring gifts can be scheduled monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Of course, recurring gifts are not only for Student Financial Aid; there are a number of options available to you, including the SMU Fund for Perkins, the important unrestricted fund that Dean Hill can use for a variety of purposes.

If you would rather donate by check, checks can be sent to: Perkins Development, PO Box 750133, Dallas, TX 75275-0133.  Checks should be made out to “SMU,” with “Perkins Development” on the notation line.  If you want to target your gift further, note Student Financial Aid, or SMU Fund for Perkins, or some other fund.

Another way to make an enormous difference in a student’s educational life is to contact me at the Development Office (johnma@smu.edu) to sponsor a Perkins Scholar.  That designation is used for a select group of M.Div. students who not only have outstanding academic abilities, but also leadership qualities.  A three-year $7,000 per year commitment is necessary to sponsor a Perkins Scholar ($583 per month).  Perhaps your church would like to sponsor a student in this way.

Do you want to honor a parent, pastor, mentor or spiritual influence in your life?  Contact the Development Office (johnma@smu.edu) and converse about a named scholarship endowment.

A final reminder, as always, Dean Hill is in need of unrestricted funds to enhance various areas of Perkins.  The SMU Fund for Perkins is set up just for that purpose.  That fund can be selected online here or in a notation by check.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Perspective.  What goes on in our classrooms, in Dallas and Houston, is extremely valuable for the future of the church.  An untold number of lives will be touched by the students studying at Perkins right now.  Help them achieve their educational and ministry goals.

Please join us in this endeavor, and thank you for helping Perkins students afford our outstanding education.

With a thankful heart,

John A. Martin
Director of Development
Perkins School of Theology

To join the effort, please visit giving.smu.edu/perkins or contact me at:
John A. Martin, Perkins Development, PO Box 750133, Dallas, TX 75275-0133
214-768-2026 (direct line) | johnma@smu.edu