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The Michigan Lutheran Seminary family thanks you for your generous support of our program to begin the training on the high school level of pastors, missionaries and teachers for the future of our beloved WELS and its congregations and schools.



If you would like to specify where your donation will be used, you will find six options in the drop-down menu on our donation page. These are the six funds:

General Fund

These gifts allow us the flexibility to use donations where they are most needed. Special gifts to the MLS General Fund help the school to keep tuition, room, and board costs as low as possible for our students’ families while maintaining a quality program.

Financial Aid Fund

This fund supplies tuition aid to our current students. The MLS Financial Aid Program helps families who demonstrate financial need by providing grants for tuition costs.

International Student Aid Fund

MLS accepts international students who are in fellowship with WELS to enhance gospel ministry. Some of these students need additional aid in order to train for that goal. This fund is dedicated to helping those students who express a desire to serve the Lord in this way.

Adopt-a-Student Fund

The MLS Financial Aid Program provides grants for tuition aid, but not room and board fees. The Adopt-a-Student Fund exists to provide special financial support for these students and their families.

Graduation Grants and Scholarships

At each May graduation, MLS presents scholarships and grants to students bound for Martin Luther College and further preparation for ministry. This fund allows us to give scholarships (based on academic record) and grants (based on financial need) to MLS graduates who are going on to Martin Luther College.

Project Titus

This program gives our students age-appropriate experiences in ministry activities in settings away from Saginaw and their homes. Students travel with faculty members to domestic and international settings to help congregations, missions, and schools in our fellowship. Project Titus experiences often convince our students that full-time ministry is the right choice for their career.

College Tour

Funding for this program provides our students with first class tours of Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. It is our hope that as our students walk the campuses, visit classes, and talk with students and professors at these schools, they may come away with a better knowledge of our ministerial education system and be encouraged to continue studying for the ministry.

WELS Foundation is partnering with MLS to provide up-to-date information about planned giving opportunities available to you. The links below will take you to the WELS Foundation website, where you can find tools and useful information on planed giving options such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and donor advised funds.

Charitable Gift Annuity
Charitable Remainder Trust
Donor Advised Fund

WELS Foundation serves donors and the ministries they support by providing gift administration for charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, donor advised funds, and endowment funds.

WELS Foundation also processes gifts including IRA charitable rollovers, real estate, life insurance, and marketable securities.


Matching Fund Information

Many companies offer matching gifts  if employees give to a non-profit or educational institution. Please check with your employer to see if such a program exists. If you have any questions at all, please call the MLS Mission Advancement Office at (989) 793-1010, ext 222.

Thrivent Choice

Members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans are encouraged to make use of the new philanthropic program, Thrivent Choice, to make charitable gifts to the seminary. To designate your gifts you can access your account online at Thrivent.com or by phone at 1-800-847-4836 and when prompted say, “Thrivent Choice.” For more information, click here, visit the Thrivent website, or contact your local representative.