DeBusschere and Lloyd Scholarships Totaling nearly $180,000

August 17, 2016

NBRPA Members and their Families Receive DeBusschere and Lloyd Scholarships Totaling Nearly $180,000

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has awarded 37 scholarships of nearly $3,500 apiece for higher education to NBRPA Members and their spouses, children and grandchildren. A cornerstone program of the NBRPA, the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1.5 million in higher education funds to members and their families, and also puts educational grants into communities. In addition to the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship, the NBRPA has awarded an additional ten scholarships in honor of the NBA pioneer, Earl Lloyd. This award is funded by the NBA Players Legacy Fund (formerly the NBA Legends Foundation) which has pledged an annual, restricted gift of $50,000 to the NBRPA for the purpose of providing significant financial support to low income recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship. In total the NBRPA awarded newly $180,000 in scholarships in 2016.

“This was one of our most impressive scholarship classes and we are excited to provide educational opportunities to our members and their families,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “Education is a high priority in our programming and we are proud to not only offer higher education scholarships to our members through the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund, but also through the Earl Lloyd Scholarship in collaboration with our partners at the NBA Players Legacy Fund.”

The 2016 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Winners are:

Antoine Carr
Stephanie Colter
Samuel Corzine
Patrick Counts
Keith Edmonson
Mallory Fredericks
Jayda Howard
Maya Jones
Shoneia Jones
Zori Jones
Anthony Keeling
Mollie Kite
Alexander Leavell
Amanda Leavell
Stefani McClanahan
Dan McClintock
Danielle McCormick
Hansen McIlvaine
Sophia Parry
Avery Powell
Sydney Recasner
Sheri Sam
Jessica Shreve
Luke Smrek
McKenzie Stock
Ann Strother
Conner Toolson
Carly Tower
Kiana Trice-Hill
Reagan Tripucka
Jade Tucker
Jordan Tucker
Dallin Toolson
Evelyn Von Nieda
Isaac Von Nieda
Tristan Von Nieda
Caleb Wood
Josiah Wood

“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all of the 2016 scholarship recipients on behalf of the NBRPA Board of Directors,” said NBRPA Director Mike Glenn, who serves as Chair for the NBRPA Member Services & Benefits Committee. “We wish all of our scholarship students the best of luck this fall and commend them for their hard work.”

About the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund
The NBRPA strongly believes every member of its extended basketball family should have access to higher education, regardless of his or her financial status. To do its part in furthering this goal, the NBRPA established the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund more than a decade ago in honor of the late Dave DeBusschere, an NBA Champion, All-Star and NBRPA Founder. The DeBusschere Fund provides financial support to eligible NBRPA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren pursuing degrees in higher education.

The scholarship’s namesake, Dave DeBusschere, enjoyed a prolific career as an NBA player. Shortly after his passing in 2003, DeBusschere’ s children established this program under the NBRPA umbrella. As a player, DeBusschere dominated on the court for 12 seasons, earning two championship rings with the New York Knicks, eight NBA All-Star Game appearances and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

About the Earl Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund
In honor of the recently departed NBA pioneer, Earl Lloyd, the NBA Players Legacy Fund has pledged an annual, restricted gift of $50,000 to the NBRPA for the purpose of providing significant financial support to low income recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship. The Lloyd Scholarship will be available to the children and grandchildren of NBRPA members who have played 3 full years in the NBA and therefore, are eligible to receive assistance from the Fund.