Bridgewater Board of Director, philanthropist, and serial entrepreneur William F. Pickard, Ph.D. has pledged $250,000 to support scholarships in the Wayne State University School of Social Work. An initial gift of $150,000 will create five scholarships, and a future gift of $100,000 will endow the scholarships and make them permanent.
The scholarships will be available to undergraduate and graduate social work students who attend full or part-time. Students must be active members of the Association of Black Social Workers Detroit chapter or the Wayne State chapter. Scholarship recipients will complete their field placement with Black Family Development, a prominent social services organization in Detroit.
“Social work is about making society stronger and making communities better,” said Pickard. “Supporting students who are steadfast in their determination to uplift Black families is rewarding, and I am proud to honor the individuals who showed me the way to make a difference.”
Each scholarship is named in honor of someone who has made a significant impact on Pickard’s development as a leader.
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