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!

The Goal

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

Contact Us

  • 2617 Gray Mill Way, Loganville,GA 30052

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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. 
  • Javonni Willis
  • Angela Williams – State Senator, Colorado General Assembly    
  • George Owusu  - Owner, Owusu Realty


Advisory Board Members

  • Barbara Shannon Bannister
  • Terrance Carroll
  • Ronnie Cunningham
  • Stephanie Haynes
  • James Pickett
  • Glynn Turman
  • Maurice Wade
  • Peggy Wortham

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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