Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

SYI Detailed Information

The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller Summer Youth Institute

The Miller Summer Youth Institute gathers 25 rising high school seniors and college freshmen from across the country to participate in our program. The participants will live in the Seminary’s residence hall along with the SYI staff made up of college and Seminary students who are also SYI alums. The program is designed to form an intentional Christian community where young people can be challenged to move beyond their comfort zones in order to grow in faith, engage in academic theological study, explore ministry, and learn about Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In addition to times of study and reflection, you will have the chance to participate in outstanding recreation events, or shall we say, have fun!

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SYI 2016

In 2016, the Miller Summer Youth Institute celebrates 20 years! In place of our traditional youth program in 2016, we invite you to the Being Church Conference. We love the Church. But we know that the 20th century church is not meeting the needs of the 21st century world. Over the course of one week, June 5-11, 2016, we invite you to join together in community to consider Church. Eric H. F. Law of the Kaleidescope Institute will be here June 5-8 to offer certificate training in Gracious Leadership. On June 10-11, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans will join us to further the conversation of being Church. 

SYI 2017

We'll gather again in 2017 for the Miller Summer Youth Institute program.

SYI Program Cost

The actual cost of SYI is $1,415 per student. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to charge only $600 per student for the entire program plus the cost of transportation. This includes tuition, books, lodging, admission to special events (Gateway Clipper, Pirates game, Kennywood amusement park), and more than 30 meals and snacks.

Each year, a limited number of scholarships are available to cover the $600 program fee as well. For our scholarship recipients, the only out of pocket costs is the price of travel to and from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a $75 deposit required for admission to the program.

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit a scholarship application at syi@pts.edu or by mail to SYI, 616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  15206. Scholarship Application              


You'll stay on campus in Calian Residence Hall dorm rooms with an assigned roommate and an adult supervisor overseeing small groups of participants.


The scholar’s family and/or church and Presbytery must cover personal expenses and travel to and from Pittsburgh. Transportation scholarships are available. Please contact us for more information at syi@pts.edu.


All meals and several snacks per day are provided throughout the two weeks of the Institute. The cost of the meals is covered by the scholarship. Most meals and all snacks are served in the Kadel Dining Hall on campus. If we are off campus, boxed meals are provided or a cash allowance is given for special events and field trips.

Contact Us

Erin Davenport, Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute

Derek Davenport, Director of Enrollment and Recruitment Strategies and Co-Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute

Danielle Harris, Administrative Assistant to the Miller Summer Youth Institute

Miller Summer Youth Institute
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206