Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University is accepting nominations for its 2021 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. The deadline to submit is Thursday, Sept. 30.

The award, presented annually, recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and SMU, distinguished service to the community, and exemplary character. The 2021 recipient will be honored at an awards banquet during the 2021 Fall Convocation at Perkins.

To nominate a Perkins graduate for the award, please submit:

  • A letter describing the nominee’s career highlights and other accomplishments.
  • Letters or statements from at least two additional people who also support the nomination.

The person submitting the nomination should compile all materials and mail them together to:

Office of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations
Perkins School of Theology
PO Box 750133
Dallas TX 75275-0133

Alternatively, nominations may be submitted via email. Attach the nominating letter and all supporting materials in a single email to:

The Rev. Connie L. Nelson
Executive Director of Public Affairs and Alumni/ae Relations
clnelson@smu.edu

The 2020 recipients will also be honored during the 2021 award banquet.  They include Sidney G. Hall, III, (M.Th. ’84, D.Min. ’88), Pastor Emeritus of Trinity Church of Austin, Texas, a United Methodist congregation co-affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Rev. Hall served as Trinity’s lead minister for 33 years, from 1988-2021.  Also, Donald W. Underwood, M.Th. ’73, who served as lead pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, from 1983 until his retirement in May 2020. Follow the link for a list of all Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus/a Award Recipients.

Visit this link for more Information about Distinguished Alumnus/a Award Criteria (PDF)