Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Fund

Dave DeBusschere Scholarship Updates For 2021-2022

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) congratulates all of the 2020 Dave DeBusschere and Earl Lloyd Scholarship fund recipients.  We are proud to announce that for the 2020-2021 school year alone, these scholarships were awarded to 78 undergraduate and graduate students.

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 April 1, 2021 - 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 2021-2022 Dave DeBusschere Scholarship application.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Effective for the 2021 calendar year, only NBRPA members, 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.

Application Timeline

May 3, 2021:Scholarship Applications Distributed to Membership
June 4, 2021:Applications Due
June 18, 2021:Applicant Denial Notification
June 25, 2021:Earl Lloyd Determinations Made by NBA Players Legacy Fund
July 2, 2021:Scholarship Recipients Announced

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 June 4, 2021.
Applicants are encouraged to apply via DocuSign, a new measure taken toward simplifying member services.

For any questions regarding information about the Dave DeBusschere and Earl Lloyd Scholarships or the latest guidelines, please feel free to contact Cameron Ballard at cballard@legendsofbasketball.com, 312-913-9400.

Thank you for your understanding and congratulations, once again to the scholarship recipients.