All WMI trip participants are encouraged to seek prayerful and financial support. Requesting support from your home churches, family, friends, and denominational sources invites others to share in the mission experience.

You may download a sample support letter.

Church Support

For members of the Presbyterian Church, some Synods and Presbyteries may offer grants for short-term mission travel. For example, the Synod of the Trinity offers a Mission Travel Grant and Peacemaking Grant for short-term mission travelers. Check with your local synod or presbytery for other grants that may be available! If you are not a member of a Presbyterian Church, check with your denomination or local leadershipmany churches and church governmental bodies provide financial support for mission travel.

Seminary Support

There are three avenues of financial assistance available for PTS students for all WMI trips.

Grants

WMI will provide the following support to all PTS students:

  • One half of trip cost (up to $1,000) for first trip;
  • One-fourth of trip cost (up to $500) for all additional trips.

This scholarship money is provided thanks to the generous donations WMI receives from churches and individuals.

Shortridge Scholarship

PTS students are eligible to apply for the Shortridge Scholarship. Thanks to the generosity and vision of John and Margaret Shortridge, individual scholarship grants are available for students to participate in cross-cultural mission experiences through the World Mission Initiative. Grants are given annually to enable recipients to travel to foreign countries and learn first-hand what God is doing in the world. The objective of the Shortridge Scholarship Program is to help students discern whether God is calling them to a mission vocation and/or to prepare them to become world Christian pastors.

Criteria:

  • The recipient must be a student at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
  • The student must exhibit the fruits of the new life in Christ.
  • The recipient must be willing to interpret his/her experience to their church family and fellowship groups upon return.
  • Priority will be given to a student who participates in a one-month to one-year cross-cultural internship; has the prayer and financial support of his/her home church; has an openness to a call to a mission vocation; and has completed at least one missiology or evangelism course.

The amount of the grant ($200-1,000) is primarily based on financial need.

Application:

  • A written application with one character reference must be submitted to the director of World Mission Initiative.
  • An interview may be scheduled.
  • The World Mission Initiative staff will serve as the selection committee.
  • The applicants will be notified of any award (within two weeks of the application deadline date).
  • Download application
  • Download character reference

Crowdfunding

In addition to these funding options, we encourage trip participants to use the Seminary's crowdfunding site, Called. Called allows WMI supporters to share their favorite projects across the globe through social media and e-mail so that others have the opportunity to help fund worthwhile projects.

Called is different from other crowdfunding sites because each project keeps all the money raised, even if the fund-raising goal isn’t met. Since gifts given through Called are processed by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, you can be assured that 100 percent  of your gift will go directly to the project of your choice. And unlike some other crowdfunding sites, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a registered non-profit, so your Called gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Please contact Hunter Farrell at hfarrell@pts.edu for more information about mission trip funding.