Ted Clarkson, T’22, was named the recipient of this year’s Freeman Award for Merit, an award honoring a rising middler student that has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and promise. The award was announced by the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, and presented by the University’s Vice-Chancellor John McCardell during the 2019 DuBose Lectures dinner.
"This award was an unexpected honor, and I am deeply grateful to both the faculty of the School of Theology for their selection and to the Freemans for their generosity. I am also incredibly thankful for my fellow classmates who challenge and inspire me every day."
Clarkson, a postulant from the Diocese of Fort Worth, has a strong Sewanee connection. He is the fifth person in three generations to attend the University of the South. A native of Georgia, Clarkson graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, with a bachelor of music in voice performance. His love of music has come with him as he sings in both the seminary choir and the Schola Cantorum, in addition to serving as a sacristan.
Reed Freeman, T’96, T’05, and his wife, Nancy, established the Freeman Award for Merit in 1998. Freeman was a recipient of the Woods Leadership Award while he was attending seminary at the School of Theology.
The awards’ recipient is decided by the dean and faculty of the School of Theology.