Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund


CHICAGO (May 1, 2020) – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) announced today the opening of the 2020 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship application process. Developed to provide opportunities for higher learning, the program awards college scholarships to NBRPA members, their spouses and offspring (natural, step, legally adopted or grandchild) to help meet the rising costs of higher education.

Scholarship applications are due by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

In addition, to the scholarship, the NBA Players Legacy Fund has pledged an annual, restricted gift in the form of the Earl Lloyd Scholarship to honor the late NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd. The Earl Lloyd Scholarship provides significant financial support to low income recipients of the Dave DeBusschere Scholarship, and will be available to the children and grandchildren of NBRPA members who have played at least three full seasons in the NBA.

To date, the NBRPA has donated more than $1 million in scholarship money to former players and their children. Please review the scholarship timeline and highlighted eligibility requirements listed below.


May 1, 2020:Scholarship Applications Distributed to Membership
May 29, 2020:Applications Due
June 15, 2020:Applicant Denial Notification
June 22, 2020:Earl Lloyd Determinations Made by NBA Players Legacy Fund
July 1, 2020:Scholarship Recipients Announced


Continuing with the digital format implemented in 2019, NBRPA members must 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 29, 2020.
Applicants are encouraged to apply via DocuSign, a new measure taken toward simplifying member services.


In order to qualify as an Eligible Candidate (“Eligible Candidate”), one must be a current NBRPA member, the offspring (natural, step, legally adopted or grandchild) or the spouse of a current NBRPA member. In addition, the offspring or spouse of a deceased NBRPA member who was in good standing at the time of his or her death will be deemed an Eligible Candidate for Five (5) years after the member’s death.

In addition, an eligible candidate must be either (1) a high school senior who will graduate in the spring and enter a college, university or certain vocational or technical school within the U.S. that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting association or agency, (2) any high school graduate who has been accepted to an educational institution, or (3) a student currently enrolled full time in such an educational institution who is returning to school the following fall.

Applicants who are currently attending a college/university and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree must have a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or better to qualify for an award. No family member of the NBRPA’s staff will qualify as an Eligible Candidate.

If you have questions regarding the 2020 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship please contact Cameron Ballard at 312-399-2756 or cballard@legendsofbasketball.com.