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.