Lu Vason Founders Scholarships

DeQuan Laskey

DeQuan graduated from Jones High School in Jones Oklahoma in May 2019.  DeQuan will be attends Northwestern Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Business Operations. 

During his high school years, DeQuan played football, basketball and continues to work with under privilege foster kids.  He loves rodeo and competes within the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.

Andrew Matten

Andrew is currently attending Texas A & M University seeking a Bachelors in Agricultural Sciences.  He is expected to graduate in 2022.    

Andrew is a member of the Texas A&M Student Athletic Advisor Council and serves as a Men’s Rodeo Team Representative.  Andrew also a member of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Association.   

Regional Scholarships

Wilber “Trey” Redwine


Trey graduated from the Denver School of Science and Technology in Denver, Colorado in May 2019.  He is currently attending the University of Colorado majoring in Business and Finance.

When asked about the impact of the BPIR in the Denver Region he stated:  One of the greatest things I personally love about the Rodeo is their commitment to recognizing diversity and exposing youth to African American Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Kenneth Brown

Los Angeles

At the early age of 2, Kenneth Brown was diagnosed with autism.  Multiple doctors believed that Kenneth would not be able to talk or attend traditional schools.  Exceeding expectations and providing the nay-sayer wrong,

Kenneth graduated high school from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles with a 3.0 grade point average.  Kenneth is currently enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta entering his second year, following in his supportive Dad’s footstep as a Morehouse Man.

Kenneth is active with Special Olympics competing in basketball.  In addition, he gives of himself, his time and talents in an effort to make a significant impact in the lives of others he interacts with, especially those with special needs.

Erica Adrienne Frank


Erica is active in her school, church, and local community.  She participates in Varsity Basketball, Outreach Events for the Homeless, and she is an active member of her local NAACP Youth Chapter.

In addition to the many great things that Erica has accomplished, she has been a competing Cowgirl on the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo Tour her entire life.

Erica attends Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA working on a degree in Pre-Law Degree.

ZaJria Bradshaw


ZaJria Bradshaw graduated from Mountain Horse High School in May of 2018 with a 3.7 grade point average.  In high school, ZaJria was very active with the Black Student Union Cub serving as the organization’s secretary.  She will be attending California State University in Fresno in the fall majoring in Animal Science with and emphasis on Equine Science.

In ZaJria’s essay she states when she first started her equestrian career she always felt alone since none of her friends or family members were involved or had a passion for horses like she did.  ZaJria heard about the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and attended a show where she saw many Black Cowboy and Cowgirl.

Dejah Essex


Dejah graduated from West Potomac High School in Alexandria Virginia in June 2018 with a 3.7 Grade Point Average.  Dejah is currently in her second year at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia.  She is majoring in Health Sciences and Pre-Pharmacy. 

Dejah is very passionate about Healthcare and people having understand prescriptions prescribed by their doctors.  Dejah became a certified Pharmacy Tech while attending high school. 

Dejah is active in her church where she serves as an usher in addition to other duties.  She was active on basketball and baseball team, finding time to tutor others and serve on the Black Student Union Team.

Applying for a Scholarship:

The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding students to further their education.   Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, character, school and community involvement.  Awards can be used for full or part time study at a technical school, a community college or a four-year university.  Students must have already applied for or been accepted into a school at the time they apply for funding. 

Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Awards must be applied towards tuition, room and board, books and fees.  Individuals applying for a scholarship must forward a complete application packet and it must be postmarked before the application deadline.  Incomplete packets will not be considered.  Checks will be made payable to the educational institution or student. 

For an application to be considered complete you must include the following:

  • Completed application form (Applicants under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian signature)
  • Answer all of the essay questions on a separate piece of paper
  • Provide transcripts of all completed high school and college coursework
  • Confirmation of community service
  • Recommendation letters

Submit all items in one packet.  If you would like to type your answers into the application form visit www.bpmsfund.com and go to the “scholarship application” section for a fillable version of the application. 

Click on each link to view eligibility, selection, award process and application form.

  • Bill Pickett Regional Scholarship
  • Lu Vason’s Founder Scholarship (Open until December 27, 2019)
  • Sedgewick Haynes Memorial Calf Roping Fee Scholarship
  • Jesse Guillory Book Scholarship

Mail completed application packets to: 

Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund
5829 South Quintero Circle
Centennial, CO  80015