Since March 1987, the Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund (BPMSF) has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the rodeo, education and the arts. Our steadfast focus has been providing educational opportunities. The BPMSF is committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of African Americans and the heritage that African Americans contributed to the west. At the very core, we provide enriching educational, arts and cultural experiences to deserving communities.
The BPMSF plans to continue the tradition of supporting the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR), increasing our scholarships and funding efforts. We provide an avenue for those seeking to develop their education goals, horseman skills and compete professionally through the BPIR. We help build strong communities by providing sponsorships through community outreach and scholarships.
We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, cultural and educational organization. Guided by the rich heritage and contributions that Africans Americans made to the American West, The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund provides resources and funding to current and future generations.