For Third Consecutive Year, Five Undergraduates Attending HBCUs Will Receive $10,000 Scholarships
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) awarded the 2023-2024 recipients of the Legends HBCU Scholarship, making them the third class of Legends Scholars. The Sports Techie community blog sends our regards for the hard work put forth by the winning students in recognition of their academic excellence and desire to positively impact the world.
Through the Legends Care initiative created in 2020, the NBRPA has created a scholarship fund and scholars program for undergraduates attending HBCUs. Together with NBA and WNBA Legends, the entire membership are are proud to honor the rich history of HBCUs and their alums while moving the legacy forward by supporting current HBCU undergraduates.
The five Legends Scholars are:
- Mimi Harris | Albany State University, Class of 2026
- Vanessa Johnson | Edward Waters College, Class of 2024
- Maya Brunt | University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Class of 2024
- Michael Clark | Howard University, Class of 2024
- Azaria Howard | Tennessee State University, Class of 2025
“These five exceptional students were selected from hundreds of HBCU student applicants due to their commitment to academic excellence and their positive impact in the world,” said Scott Rochelle, NBRPA President & CEO. “We are excited to introduce the 2023-24 Legends Scholars – our third class overall – and welcome them into our Legends family, where we will support them during their collegiate career and beyond.”
The five Legends Scholars will receive a $10,000 academic scholarship from the NBRPA for the 2023-2024 school year. In addition to addressing the financial needs of Legends Scholars, a comprehensive scholars program will assist Legends Scholars in the areas of career preparation and development, job placement and mentoring both during and after their undergraduate years.
As part of the overall Legends Scholars program, in addition to a $10,000 scholarship, Legends Scholars will receive:
- Membership to the NBRPA’s Legends Scholars job board
- Access to internship/job opportunities around the sports industry and/or with Legends’ companies
- During their scholarship year, Legends Scholars will receive complimentary access, travel and lodging for NBA All-Star Weekend
- During their senior year, Legends Scholars will take part in a complimentary career development session
- Upon graduating from an HBCU, Legends Scholars will enter the Legends Scholars Mentoring Program
- Must be a rising full-time sophomore, junior or senior enrolled at a four-year HBCU
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
- 3.7 GPA minimum
- Annual household income (AGI) maximum of $100,000
REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS
- 2021/2022 Income Tax Return or 2022-2023 FAFSA Student Aid Report
- One (1) recommendation letter from HBCU faculty/administrator/coach
- Most recent transcript (official or unofficial)
To learn more about the Legends HBCU Scholarship and Legends Scholars program, visit legendsofbasketball.com/HBCU.
Sports Techie, read about last year’s HBCU Legends Scholars.
The current requirements of maintaining a 3.7 GPA as minimum standards are quite high in my opinion. I’d like to see perhaps another round of Legends Scholars with lower grade standards and perhaps a AGI minimum of say $50,000.
Best wishes to to this year’s Legends Scholars winners.
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