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.
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 leadership—many churches and church governmental bodies provide financial support for mission travel.
If a first-time traveler applies for WMI and Shortridge support, they can receive up to $2,000 ($1,800 for the cost of the trip; an additional $215 toward expedited passport if applying by Oct. 11). First-time travelers can travel free; second-time travelers can receive up to $1,000 toward the trip (plus passport costs). This financial support which is available for PTS students for all WMI trips comes through the following three avenues.
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.
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.
- The applicant must be a student (Certificate, Masters, or Doctor of Ministry) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in good academic standing, or the spouse of a student. Graduating students who are traveling in the summer after their graduation also qualify. Married students are encouraged to participate in a WMI trip at the same time, when possible, to facilitate their learning together.
The applicant must be willing to interpret his/her mission experience and learnings to Pittsburgh Seminary groups (chapel, classes, student/faculty groups, etc.) and to churches or other groups upon return.
Priority will be given to applicants who:
Exhibit openness to their calling to a missionary identity in whatever vocational path they are preparing for.
Have completed at least one missiology course.
Are willing to contribute to their experience from their own personal funds.
- Are willing to engage the prayer and financial support of their home churches.
The amount of the grant ($200-1,000) is primarily based on financial need.
- A written application with one character reference must be submitted to the director of World Mission Initiative.
- 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 form
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about mission trip funding.