The mission of the Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving students nationwide and provide educational opportunities!
For more than 30 years the Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship fund (BPMSF) underscores its commitment to the rodeo, education and the arts by providing unique programs for youth and inner-city children.
The BPMSF gives opportunities for students to experience the excitement of the rodeo while learning about the history and contributions of the African American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their impact on the American West. BPMSF is a 501 c3 guided by the rich heritage of Bill Pickett and his influence on the fabric of history.
The BPMSF will continue the tradition of supporting youth through its’ relationship with the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) and will continue to provide an avenue for youth to achieve their educational goals, develop their horsemanship skills and compete in the rodeo.
The BPMSF builds strong communities through providing unique educational programs and various scholarship opportunities and looks forward to expanding its impact for generations to come!
Our primary goal is promoting the Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo throughout the country through our education and scholarship programs. We have established four overarching goals that will shape our program areas as well as our funding decisions:
Provide educational opportunities for students furthering their education
Increase the number and dollar amount of the scholarship program
Expand community wide educational programs
Further the understanding and contributions of the African American Cowboy and Cowgirl in the American West
2617 Gray Mill Way, Loganville,GA 30052
Office Phone: 303.373.1246
BPMSF Board of Directors
Ken Johnson-Chairman – Principle KennJohn, Inc.
Valeria Cunningham-Vice Chairman -President & CEO BPIR , Independent Consultant
Marco Wade LaDrew-Secretary -President & Owner Wade & Associates
Jeff DouVal -President The Media
Allegra “Happy” Haynes Executive Director, Denver Parks and Recreations
Richard Lewis – President and CEO of RTL Networks, Inc.
Angela Williams – State Senator, Colorado General Assembly
George Owusu - Owner, Owusu Realty
Advisory Board Members
Barbara Shannon Bannister
The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors values:
Integrity – We act with honesty and integrity in everything we do
Passion – We are driven by providing opportunities
Diversity – We value, appreciate and respect all people for their uniqueness
Quality – We support the BPIR in providing a unique and meaningful rodeo experience
Stewardship – We operate a fiscally responsible organization built on providing financial support to the community
Community – We engage with regions where the BPIR is active
Partnership – We develop strong partnerships throughout the nation
Heritage – We honor culture and the contributions African Americans have made to the American West!
To be considered for board service please contact. Ken Johnson at bpmsfund.com or (720) 290-2778.
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