Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announces 2019 scholarship recipients

July 10, 2019 -- 9:00 am PDT

44 music students worldwide will receive scholarships to help finance their education

MIAMI (JULY 10, 2019)—The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today the recipients of its annual Gifted Tuition Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Scholarship, which will allow 43 talented music students from diverse backgrounds with a great passion for Latin music  attend some of the most prestigious universities in the world and pursue their musical dreams. The recipients join the winner of the Emilio and Gloria Estefan Scholarship Sergio De Miguel Jorquera, who last month was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston with a maximum value of $200,000.

Since its establishment five years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has donated a remarkable $5 million USD toward scholarships, musical instrument donations, and educational events in Ibero-America.

"Latin music is as popular as it has ever been thanks to a community of talented artists, passionate fans, and a culture that keeps it going strong," said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "We continue to work hard to accomplish our mission, and we are grateful that we are able to set our music up for a strong future thanks to the support of our donors."

Gifted Tuition Scholarship Recipients:

The following three students will receive the Gifted Tuition Scholarship, with a maximum value of $100,000 USD each, which will support a portion of the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice:

  • Andrés Escalona, electric bassist from Colombia
  • Juan Pablo Faundez, drummer from Chile
  • Juan Sebastían Malagon, flutist from Colombia

Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients:

In addition, 40 students will receive the Tuition Assistance Scholarship, a one-time scholarship with a maximum value of up to $10,000 USD, toward the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice. Following is a list of students who are receiving a Tuition Assistance Scholarship for 2019, including their country of origin, principal instrument, and the college or university they will attend.

Recipient

Principal Instrument

Country of Origin

College/University

Luis Daniel Anselmi Guevara

Cuatro Venezolano

Venezuela

Humber College, Canada

José Alberto Aponte

Violin

Mexico

University of Houston

Daniel Ávila

Electric Guitar

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Rafael Beck d´Ávila Mello

Flute

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Orlando Berríos

Cuatro Puertorriqueño

Puerto Rico

Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Santiago Bertel

Piano

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Jimena Caballero

Voice

Mexico

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Bianca Cabili

Upright Bass

Argentina

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Estefane de Souza Santos

Trumpet

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

José Manuel Ferreiras Castillo

Drum Set

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Samuel Frois

Violin

Brazil

Mannes School of Music, The New School 

Cristhian Galindres

Saxophone

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Jhoely Garay

Guitar

Mexico

The City College of New York

Gabrielle Garo

Flute

United States

The New School, New York

Francisco Garrido

Guitar

Venezuela

Conservatoire Regional Du Grand Marcy, France

Nicolás González Orozco

Voice

Colombia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Facundo Goycoa

Guitar

Argentina

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Alejandro Guillén

Piano

Venezuela

Montclair State University, New Jersey

Álvaro Huancahuari

Saxophone

Peru

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Ángel Irizarry

Guitar

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music, Boston 

Manuel Landin López

Violin

Mexico

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Raúl Marcano

Clarinet

Venezuela

University of North Texas

Luis Gabriel Martínez Matarrita

Guitar

Costa Rica

Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Spain

Eduardo Mendoza Reyes Ortiz

Saxophone

Bolivia

Northern State University, South Dakota

Rubén Portillo

Guitar

Paraguay

Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Marco Ribera

Piano

Mexico

Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Herbert Lucas Rodrígues de Lima

Saxophone

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Francisco Rodríguez

Piano

Spain

Universidad  Alfonso X El Sabio, Spain

Juan Felipe Rojas

Voice

Colombia

Full Sail University, Orlando

Alexander Romano-Silverstein

Tenor Saxophone

United States

New England Conservatory, Boston

Camila Ronza

Voice

Brazil

Centre des  Musiques Didier Lockwood, France

Emmanuel Roque Deschamps

Guitar

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Ahmad Farhan Sarasin

Piano

Indonesia

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Wellington Souza

Saxophone

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Rafael Suncar Reynoso

Saxophone

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music, Boston

João Vitor Suruagy Perrusi

Guitar

Brazil

Berklee College of Music, Boston

Daniel Tenes de Oliveira

Drum Set

Brazil

Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil

Alonso Umaña

Drum Set

Costa Rica

The City College of New York

José Uzcategui

Percussion

Venezuela

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University

Arturo Valdez Aguilar

Upright Bass

Peru

The New School, New York

The 2019 scholarship recipients were carefully selected by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation's Scholarship Committee, which is tasked with meticulously evaluating a highly competitive pool of aspiring musicians on a variety of skills and rigorous policies developed by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation. Additionally, the recipients of the Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Emilio and Gloria Estefan Scholarship are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and meet the standards of academic excellence set forth by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation and their respective institution to qualify for scholarship renewal during their college tenure, which is assessed each semester.

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ABOUT THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION:

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation was established by The Latin Recording Academy® to promote international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy and heritage. The Foundation's primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music with financial needs, as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres. Take action in supporting our mission by donating today via our Facebook page. For additional information, please visit us at www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.com. For the latest news and exclusive content, follow us at @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.


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