Brentwood Academy Alumna Receives Vanderbilt Founder’s Medal

Madison Renner

Brentwood Academy alumna Madison Renner was awarded the Founder’s Medal for the College of Arts and Science by Vanderbilt University during spring Commencement ceremonies. In a tradition dating back to 1877, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos presented the top scholar of each school with Founder’s Medals in honor of the university’s founder Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Madison graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. Through her studies in environmental sociology, she explored a climate-adaptation movement led by women in North Africa who created a local market for craft baskets. She also conducted research on how media outlets portray scientific knowledge on climate change. Renner was awarded a Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship and received the Outstanding Senior Award in Sociology. In the fall, she will pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard University.

She is the daughter of Chuck and Lea Ann Renner of Franklin.