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James Young Bradfield Fine Arts Scholarship

Headshot of James Young sitting on a bench next to a piano.
About James Young Bradfield

James Young Bradfield IV (11/5/1950-2/22/2021) graduated from the University of Texas, Austin in 1973 and received his Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio State University in 1979. Following Post- Doctoral work in Canada Jay began a career in research that led him to the Texas A&M Medical School. While Jay’s career focused on Biochemistry and Medical Research, he never lost his love for music and the fine arts.


In August of 2000 Jay joined forces with wife Coleen to begin giving back to their new home in Aggieland. Jay was an excellent pianist and used his vast knowledge of music to begin composing and was especially interested in Gospel music. His compositions have been donated and performed at churches in Texas including Christ United Methodist Church where Jay was a member of the CUMC Choir until he was no longer able to perform. Jay also served on the CUMC Salt and Light Mission Book Store Board of Directors and along with his wife Coleen supported the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and were integral in establishing a new home for the Arts Council while enthusiastically supporting the many programs offered by the Arts Council. The couple also worked together to promote and support Habitat for Humanity, OPAS, Twin City Mission and many other community needs.Jay was never one to seek applause or notoriety though his philanthropy was known and appreciated by many. In memory of Jay Bradfield’s love and support of both visual and performing arts the James Young Bradfield Fine Arts Scholarship will be awarded annually to a young man or woman planning to major in either the visual or performing arts.

2024 Recipient

Abraham Guillen – Music Composition

2023 Recipients

Andrew Vorse Lede – Jazz Studies (Piano)

2022 Recipients

Mary Creel – Music Performance

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