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 two week 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 2014

Join us July 12-26, 2014. Application deadline is May 1, 2014.  

Program Cost

It is our pleasure on behalf of the Lilly Endowment Inc. and donors who support the Seminary to offer full scholarships to all students accepted into the program. The scholarships cover tuition, room, board, and scheduled activities for the two weeks of the program. SYI participants provide their own transportation to and from Pittsburgh.


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 Co-Director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute

Danielle Waller, Administrative Assistant to the Miller Summer Youth Institute

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