The NBA has opened the application window for the first class of the NBA HBCU scholarship program.
The scholarship program, which will be run by the NBA Foundation, aims to provide professional development opportunities in the
basketball business for undergraduate and graduate students of historically black colleges and universities
The application window will be open until February 20, and the inaugural program will take place between June 6 and August 12. Current full-time college students (junior and senior) and graduates can apply for an internship at the league office or any of the 30 league teams for 10 weeks this summer.
“The HBCU scholarship program is a true continuation of the NBA Foundation’s mission of promoting economic opportunity for youth within the Black community,” NBA Foundation Executive Director Greg Taylor said in a statement. “We are proud of the investment the league has made in promoting important school-to-career opportunities and developing the best and brightest talent from our nation’s HBCUs.”
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Candidates will be interviewed on an ongoing basis and offers will be extended in early spring. To help with the effort, the NBA has contracted with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which will manage the logistics related to housing and relocating the inaugural class of scholarship recipients.
In total, 60 fellows will be selected by NBA teams and the league office to work within a variety of departments,
including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, legal, social responsibility, marketing, and more. Fellows will be matched
with a league or team employee mentor as part of their experience. They will also participate in enriching professional
development opportunities throughout the summer run by the league office and NBA Foundation, including a two-day
orientation at the NBA league office in June, workshops, and team-building activities. Each fellow will be compensated and provided with transitional financial support.
NBA HBCU scholarship program is part of an expansion of the league’s ongoing commitment to HBCUs announced
earlier this season that includes new programs designed to create greater opportunities for students and alumni,
encourage economic advancement and further celebrate its rich traditions. As part of this partnership, the NBA
develop new programs and events focused on the HBCU community, specifically around professional development,
professional advancement and increased support and awareness for HBCU athletics and institutions, to support the growth of
the next generation of Black community leaders and help increase the representation of Black talent in the NBA office and league teams.
Avery Johnson, who played at Southern University from 1986 to 1988 before enjoying a successful career as an NBA player and coach, said the NBA and HBCUs are excellent teammates.
“The NBA supporting HBCUs is great,” Johnson said in a statement. “This will shine a light on those schools and the wonderful work those teachers, coaches, and student bodies are doing. This will get even more people to contribute.”
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