Since March 1987, the Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the rodeo and the arts. Our steadfast focus has been providing educational opportunities. Through a 12-month strategic planning process, the Fund has clarified the vision that will guide us in the coming years and support our heritage scholarship, arts for kidz sake, kids rodeo and educational programs.
Our goal is to preserve the heritage and legacy of African American contributions to the American West and to give recognition to the cowboys and cowgirls who were pioneers in the sport of rodeos. We acknowledge, educate, and provide cultural and educational events that continue to honor the rich history of the American West.
The Fund plans to continue the tradition by supporting the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and to provide an avenue for those seeking to develop their horseman skills and compete professionally through events and funding support. In addition we provide enriching educational, arts and cultural experiences to multicultural and despaired communities.
We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, cultural and educational organization.
The Fund endeavors to strengthen, promote and provide financial support to community, civic, cultural and educational events within local communities through our arts for KIDZ SAKE, rodeo for kidz sake programs, education scholarships and sponsorship grants. To this end, we build on the legacy and heritage of great people, we honor the rich culture and contributions that African American has made to the American West and tell the story of African Americans in the west; the importance of the Black Cowboys/Cowgirls and their place in history.
The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund (BPMSF) is committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of African Americans and the heritage that African Americans contributed to the west and arts. We will fulfill our mission by:
The Fund has established four overarching goals that will shape our program areas as well as our funding decisions, We will pursue:
The Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund (BPMSF) values:
Our balance of heritage and culture is visible in the Fund’s six program areas. We will continue much of our current work, discontinue past projects that have run their course, and embark on new and strengthened areas.
Our Heritage honors Culture! Building on the legacy and heritage of great people, we honor the rich culture and contributions that African American has made to the American West!
The four program areas will be supplement by the Fund’s chairman’s initiatives. We will be successful as we
As part of our Rodeo for Kidz Sake initiative, we invited over 650 kids/families to fill our Kidz Corner to honor the legacy of our founder, Lu Vason. In addition, we awarded a $1,000 education scholarship to Jhani Hardin. A special THANKS to our sponsors and donors of the 2017 MLK Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions Kidz Corner:
Thanks to everyone for all of their hard work and dedication, this makes the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo and Bill Pickett Memorial Scholarship Fund so successful! We are thrilled with the support of our many sponsors, donors and contributors, our talented cowboys and cowgirls, and our amazing audience who come to enjoy the many events.
Burkett Family Foundation | Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus | City and County of Denver Safety Youth Program | Kaiser Permanente Business Resource Groups
Rosemarie Allen | James Ardnt | Matthew & Priya Burkett | Cuttin’ Up Beauty Academy | Vern Howard | Stephanie Jackson | Carla Ladd | Ouida Magee | Millie Cooper-Murphy | Kathy Nesbitt | William Oshodin | Wystone’s World Teas
Join us in Memphis, TN for our Rodeo for Kidz Sake on April 5, 20168
The primary responsibility of board directors is to participate in the development of policy and major decision-making at board meetings held at least four times a year. Another key responsibility is to be active on an ongoing basis in a committee of the board.
Kenneth Johnson, Board Chair
Valeria Howard-Vason, Vice Chair
Margo Wade LaDrew, Secretary
Advisory Board Members
James Pickens Jr.
Our Guiding Principles will affirm our professionalism, determine and govern our actions.
The Bill Picket Memorial Scholarship Fund Strategic Plan for Programs sets forth the Fund’s vision, broad goals and funding direction. While the strategic plan will guide our programs as we pursue the Fund’s mission, it will also require refinement as the rodeo and arts evolve.
We believe that this strategic plan will help us better provide opportunities to tell the story of the black cowboys and cowgirls as we educate upcoming generations. The strategic plan will allow us to more effectively acknowledge, educate and provide cultural and educational events that continue to honor the legacy of African American contributions to the West and the arts.