SMU Fund for Perkins
Gifts to the SMU Fund for Perkins focus on the most immediate and pressing priorities for the School and are allocated at the discretion of the dean of Perkins School of Theology. Examples of these priorities include faculty research grants, community outreach, new initiatives and cutting-edge projects. This fund provides Perkins with the flexibility to meet new opportunities as they arise.
Scholarships are essential to attract and retain gifted students pursuing ministry training in both parish and nonprofit arenas. Three-year commitments to fund Perkins Scholars attract outstanding Master of Divinity students and afford donors an opportunity to interact with those students. Two-year commitments to fund Master of Music students encourage “the best of the best” to study at Perkins in a joint program with the exceptional Meadows School of the Arts.
The Houston-Galveston Extension Program
The Houston-Galveston Extension Program offers students the opportunity for flexible work-study, ideal for those who are employed full time while attending seminary. Perkins has recently appointed a dynamic director to lead this initiative and is committed to rejuvenating this exceptional program. Gifts to support “start-up” funding accelerate the program renewal.
Center for Preaching Excellence
The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU is an initiative devoted to enhancing the preaching skills of pastors through innovative courses, workshops, one-on-one coaching and peer learning groups. The Center seeks funding to expand into new areas in United Methodist churches as well as other denominations and independent churches.
Perkins completed an informative market study in 2016 that identified opportunities to enhance enrollment and promote the brand of the School. Gifts to this fund support efforts to implement the study’s recommendations.