Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund

Dave DeBusschere Scholarships 2024-2025

Thank you for your interest in the NBRPA Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Program.

Applications for the 2024-2025 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship are now open.

In an effort to best serve our membership and maximize the financial impact of these scholarships for the recipients, the NBRPA Membership Services & Benefits Committee has reviewed the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Program and revised the application criteria to best reflect the initial spirit and intent of this scholarship program and issued new guidelines related to awardee eligibility and the scholarship application process. The implementation of these new procedures – effective immediately – aligns directly with our aim to maximize the value, and viability of the Dave DeBusschere and Earl Lloyd Scholarships for long term impact and success.

The following changes will be reflected in the 2024-2025 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship application.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Only NBRPA members and their children and spouses will be eligible for the Dave DeBusschere & Earl Lloyd Scholarship.
  • Grandchildren are no longer eligible to receive the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship or the Earl Lloyd Scholarship.

Children of a Deceased Legend

  • If an NBRPA member has passed, then the qualifying children who are first-time scholarship applicants have a two-year window to apply.
  • If an NBRPA member has passed, then any previously awarded recipients who were dependents of the deceased may receive the scholarship funds until completion of the current degree or vocational studies, so long as (1) they apply for the scholarship, (2) attend an institution for concurrent semesters, (3) maintain a 2.75 GPA and (4) enroll as a full-time student.


  • For dependent applicants to be eligible for the scholarship program, the NBRPA Member must be active for a minimum of two consecutive years.
  • If a 70+ Member has a dependent applicant that is eligible for a scholarship, he or she must pay Gold Membership dues ($250) to qualify the dependent to a scholarship.

Number of Scholarships

  • The NBRPA will permit a maximum of two (2) scholarships awarded per NBRPA Member (regardless of dependents). 

Enrolled Full-Time

  • Eligible applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student at a higher education institution.  Generally, full-time undergraduate students enroll with twelve (12) course credit hours, while full-time graduate or post-undergraduate students enroll with nine (9) course credit hours.

Online Format

Continuing with the digital format implemented in 2019, NBRPA members can submit an online version of the scholarship application on DocuSign.com. Through this simplified approach, applicants can enter every detail and upload every document in one place, at one time. The NBRPA will still accept application submissions by mail, email, or fax (facsimile). If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2024.  Applicants are encouraged to apply via DocuSign, a new measure taken toward simplifying member services.

2024-2025 DeBusschere Application Timeline 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024: Scholarship Application Distributed to Membership 

Friday, May 31, 2024: Applications Deadline  

Friday, June 14, 2024: Applicant Denial Notification  

Friday, June 21, 2024: Earl Lloyd Determinations Made by NBA Players Legacy Fund  

Monday, July 1, 2024: Scholarship Recipients Announced 

For any questions regarding information about the Dave DeBusschere and Earl Lloyd Scholarships or the latest guidelines, please feel free to contact Beatriz Perez at bperez@legendsofbasketball.com, 312-913-9400.
Eligible candidates: CLICK HERE to apply.