The Legacy of William Grant Pinkard


The William Grant Pinkard Scholarship Program was named after a member of the Kansas-Missouri Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE®) who best exemplified the organization’s purpose and goals.  William Grant Pinkard II was a dedicated, active member.

Pinkard was Unit II Manager of KCP&L’s LaCygne Generating Station.  He hired on at KCP&L in 1966 as a plant helper.  He was promoted to Shift Foreman in 1979 at KCP&L’s Hawthorn Generating Station.  In 1985 he became supervisor of Operations Training and was again promoted in 1985 to Superintendent of Operations.  In 1990, he was promoted to Unit Manager.

Above all, Pinkard understood the value of education.  In fact, upon his untimely death in October 1992, he was continuing his college education in Rockhurst College’s Executive Fellows MBA Program.  His efforts in continuing his education typifies the purpose of AABE as it relates to education.  For this reason, the Kansas-Missouri Chapter elected to create a scholarship fund in his honor.  This fund was established to provide educational scholarships to undergraduate college students to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities such as, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans and Pacific Islanders, in energy related fields.

The William Grant Pinkard Scholarship Fund continues to support greater Kansas City’s next generation of leaders.  The award is $1,500 per semester payable to the student and the institution and dispersed in two payments of $1,500 in August and January. Awards of $750 per semester will be issued to community college students. A William Grant Pinkard Scholar may renew the scholarship for a second year provided documentation that all scholarship guidelines and criteria have been sustained. They may reapply for the scholarship after 2 years.  AABE currently supports 12 scholars.

The scholarship is funded by the Kansas/Missouri Chapter annual golf tournament and is managed by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (   

To apply or to find out more details, please go to the following link:  William Grant Pinkard Scholarship Application.


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