All in the Family: Pickard family members give generously to ODI

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All in the Family: Pickard family members give generously to ODI

By Aaron Marshall

The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male, both within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, have two new scholarships established thanks to the generous donations from the Pickard family.

Detroit businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and best-selling author, Dr. William Pickard and his beloved cousin, Mr. Judson Pickard, operator of numerous McDonald's franchises in the greater Cincinnati area, have established two new scholarships.

“I am both thrilled and humbled that the Pickard family has chosen the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male to direct their philanthropic investments,” said Dr. James L. Moore III, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. “Their generosity will allow us to reduce some of the financial burdens of receiving a college of education.”

Those students who are highly engaged with the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male will have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance through the Judson W. Pickard & Family Scholarship Fund. A former Milwaukee schoolteacher and Detroit Urban League project manager, Mr. Judson Pickard and his wife, Donna, have been a McDonald's franchise owner for over 40 years.

Meanwhile, Dr. William Pickard, a high-profile entrepreneur once named Michigander of the Year for his generous support of higher education causes in the Wolverine State, paid forward to establish a scholarship for those students who are highly engaged with the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. It is the third gift that Dr. Pickard has bestowed upon the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. In 2019, he created the William F. Pickard Scholars Program for those students engaged with the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and Todd Anthony Bell National Center on the African American Male, and earlier in 2020, he gave another gift to the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American for those students who are members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and are engaged in importance causes in the African American community.

Dr. Pickard, who earned his PhD at Ohio State in 1971, is known for his business success, civic leadership, and philanthropy. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Global Automotive Alliance, a Black Enterprise Top 100 industrial/service company that is recognized as the first minority-owned vendor group to supply parts to the top three U.S. automakers.