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Called to serve. Empowered to lead.

Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology forges dedicated servant leaders for 21st-century ministry. Engaging with a culturally and theologically diverse faculty prepares students in graduate and certificate programs to boldly embrace a global perspective while also following their calling. Practical internships immerse students in real-world ministries, and public programs welcome the wider community for enrichment experiences. Centers engage faculty in interdisciplinary research and education opportunities.

SMU Fund for Perkins

Your gift to the SMU Fund for Perkins ignites new opportunities for Perkins School students and faculty. Supporting this fund provides flexible resources allocated at the dean’s discretion for faculty research grants, community outreach, scholarships and new initiatives as the needs arise. Our goal is to raise $300,000 to ensure timely support.

Scholarships empower outstanding students

Fueling scholarships empowers Perkins to support, attract and retain gifted students called to become ministry leaders in both parish and nonprofit fields.
Perkins Scholars Fund for Master of Divinity students

A three-year commitment of $7,000 per year empowers our students and enriches their studies, granting you a unique opportunity to walk beside candidates as they pursue their faithful education journeys.

Perkins’ program with Meadows School for Master of Sacred Music students

Encourage “the best of the best” to pursue this unparalleled program through your two-year commitment of $10,000 per year to the fund.

Graduate Program in Religious Studies stipends

Through your gifts of $10,000 or more, you will provide promising PhD students with the extra resources they need to pursue study at the highest level – preparing them for research, teaching and ministry opportunities.

Endowed scholarships

Create a named endowed fund in memory or honor of a person or organization with a gift of $100,000 or more and provide funds in perpetuity for Perkins students in all degree programs. Help us offset the rising cost of higher education by providing a dependable source of income, minimizing the need for tuition increases.

Make an impact

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As the premier private university in North Texas, SMU exists to shape future leaders who transform communities and organizations through ingenuity and thoughtful problem-solving. Building on our history of excellence, we now embark on SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow – our multiyear, $1.5 billion campaign to attract and support outstanding students and faculty, to explore new fields and cutting-edge technologies, and to positively impact Dallas and the world beyond. We invite you to join us and empower the bold, the curious and the creative to better their professions and their communities.

John A. Martin
Director of Development
Perkins School of Theology or 214-768-2026