The James Berdet Brown Memorial Scholarship is available each trimester to adult students enrolled in TCAT certificate or diploma programs. The award is up to $1,000 for the program in which the student is enrolled at the time of application submission, recipient selection, and assignment of scholarship funds. The scholarship is intended to aid in the purchasing of required program learning materials and equipment, paying for national/state certification exams, and/or extreme hardship living expenses.
About Mr. James Brown
James Berdet Brown passed away unexpectedly in January 2015, at age 47, following a brief illness. A kind, generous, and fun-loving person, James enjoyed living in Nashville for the last 15 years of his life. For ten of those years, James worked as an unemployment claims agent with the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. He was beloved by his co-workers and known for his sense of humor and the way he cared about those filing for unemployment. He also enjoyed working part-time for Contemporary Services Corporation, providing event security for many entertainment and sporting events in Nashville. The James Berdet Brown Memorial Scholarship was founded by James’ sister Kathy-Jo Brown Hayden and her husband Lee Hayden to carry on Mr. Brown’s legacy of encouraging others and helping those in need who work to improve their circumstances.