James B. Brown Memorial Scholarship

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.

Eligible Participants

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a TCAT credential program, or they must have completed admissions requirements and have a confirmed start date that is prior to the next scholarship application deadline.
  • Recipients will be selected based on both merit and need, with preference given to displaced workers.
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum enrollment of 30 hours per week.
  • Applicants must be able to verify lawful presence in the United States (U.S. citizen or a qualified alien and lawfully present in U.S.).

Before You Start

Before you start the application, please contact your instructor for your campus certification contact - they will most likely be in your student services office. Additionally, this application requires answers to six questions listed below that you may need time to think about. This application must be completed once it's started. We suggest completing the questions in a Word doc and then to copy and paste your answers into the application. 

Required Questions

  1. Explain your career goals and why you chose your TCAT program of study.
  2. Describe your academic performance, including during your TCAT program, and list any awards or special recognition received.
  3. Provide a description of previous employment (jobs) you have had.
  4. Has a job loss or significant life circumstance resulted in you coming to a TCAT? If so, please describe.
  5. Describe any extracurricular or community activities in which you are or have been personally involved.
  6. Describe why this scholarship would be helpful as you complete your education.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Chuck Grimes at chuck.grimes@tbr.edu.

Fall Trimester Deadline – November 15, 2022

About Mr. James B. 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.