Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announces new scholarship recipients, having awarded more than $2.5 million to date

July 25, 2017 -- 9:15 am PDT

In Record-Breaking 2017, 44 Talented Music Students Awarded $870,000

Since being Established in 2015 the Foundation’s Scholarship Program has been Committed to Supporting Latin Music Worldwide, Awarding 100-plus Scholarships to Young and Promising Talented Musicians Facing Financial Difficulties

MIAMI, FL (July 25, 2017) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today its annual list of scholarship recipients – talented musicians from around the world who will use these awards to overcome financial hurdles and achieve their dreams. To date, more than 100 scholarships totaling a remarkable $2.5 million has been gifted by the Foundation, which continues to support Latin music in many ways, including by recognizing individuals who are looking to start or continue their music education.

With today’s announcement, the Foundation has set new annual records in 2017, presenting $870,000 in scholarships to 44 recipients. This includes previously-announced Miguel Bosé Scholarship recipient 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Ernesto Núñez, who was honored earlier this year with a $200,000 award.

“Thanks to our generous donors, involved artists, and compassionate partners, we continue to be in a strong position to provide support to truly talented Latin music students in need and with the tools to pursue their dreams to follow in the footsteps of their Latin music icons,” said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation . “While I am proud of the Foundation for breaking records in dollars and number of gifts awarded in 2017 —and passing the incredible $2.5 million and 100 scholarship milestones — I am profoundly honored to be playing a role in the advancement of these talented musicians and the spread of love for Latin music around the world.”

The 44 scholarship recipients come from countries spanning four continents: Brazil (8), Mexico (8), Venezuela (8), Colombia (4), Dominican Republic (4), United States (3), Peru (2), Puerto Rico (2), and one recipient from Costa Rica, Cuba, Indonesia, Portugal, and Spain.

The following received the Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000 and covers a four-year bachelor’s degree:

Andrés Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela based in Revere, MA, who will attend Berklee College of Music in Boston..

Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, who will attend The School of Jazz at The New School in New York City.

Nikola Vasiljevic, 17, a basse player from the Dominican Republic, who will attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Additionally, 40 students will receive Tuition Assistance Scholarships — a one-time scholarship valued at up to a maximum of $10,000 each toward music education at an institution of their choice. Recipients will pursue their music education at schools such as Berklee College of Music, Indiana University, School of Jazz at The New School, the University of Southern California in the U.S., Faculdade de Música Souza Lima in Brazil, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio in Spain, and more. This group of 40 individuals includes Dominican pianist Esmirna Ortiz, who is receiving the scholarship for the third consecutive year and has already put her production engineering studies to practical use, assisting in production logistics at last year’s Latin Recording Academy® Person of the Year gala.

Following is a list of students who are receiving a Tuition Assistance Scholarships for 2017, including their country of origin, music major, and college they will be attending this fall:

Music Major
 Music School
 Gerson De la Rosa Abreu  Percussion  Puerto Rico  Boston Conservatory
 Luis Anselmi Cuatro venezolano Venezuela Holland College
Cesar Aranguibel  Piano  Venezuela  Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Oscar Quilca Barceli  Drums  Peru  Berklee College of Music
  Santiago Barragán  Guitar  Colombia  Berklee College of Music
 Aniela Batres  Vibraphone  Mexico  Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico
 Linda Briceño  Trumpet  Venezuela  The School of Jazz at The New School  
 José Manuel Ferreiras Castillo  Drums   Dominican Republic  Berklee College of Music
 Carlos Pascual Cipeletti  Piano  spain  Alfonso X El Sabio
 Sergio Coelho  Clarinet  Portugal  University of Southern California 
 Ana Carmela Ramírez Contramaestre  Voice  Venezuela  The School of Jazz at The New School 
 Ahmad Sarasin Farhan
 Piano  Indonesia   Berklee College of Music
 Breno Rocha Ferrari  Electric Bass  Brazil  Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Jhoely Garay  Guitar  Mexico  The City College of New York
 Gabrielle Garo  Flute  USA (Bronx, N.Y.)  The School of Jazz at The New School  
 Francisco Garrido  Guitar  Venezuela  Berklee College of Music
Juan Camilo Gonzalez Gonzalez
 Clarinet  Colombia  Longy School of Music
 Andres Gutierrez  Piano  Mexico  Berklee College of Music
 Alvaro Huancahuari  Saxophone  Peru  McNally Smith College of Music
 Euan Leslie  Drums   USA (Boston)  Berklee College of Music
 Herbert de Lima  Saxophone

 Brazil  Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Rachel Lopez  Flute  Cuba  Shepherd University
 Raul Marcano  Clarinet  Venezuela  Longy School of Music
 Luis Gabriel Martinez Matarrita  Guitar  Costa Rica   Alfonso X El Sabio
 Gustavo Miorim  Drums  Brazil  Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Daniel Tenes de Oliveira  Drums  Brazil   Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Esmirna Ortiz  Piano  Dominican Republic   Berklee College of Music
 Joao Vitor Perrusi  Electric Guitar  Brazil   Berklee College of Music
 Cristian Restrepo  Piano  Colombia   Berklee Pontificia Javeriana Colombia
 Jeffrey Rivera  Percussion  USA (Boston)   Berklee College of Music
 Santiago Rodríguez  Saxophone  Colombia   Pontificia Javeriana Colombia
 Orlando J. Berrios Rojas  Cuatro  puertorriqueño  Puerto Rico Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico 
 Luis Mario Ruelas Romo  Composition  Mexico   Indiana University
 Camila Ronza  Voice  Brazil   Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 German Scheufler  Electric Bass  Mexico   Berklee College of Music
 Matheus Silva  Drums     Brazil  Berklee College of Music
 Rodolfo Guilherme Da Silva  Trumpet  Brazil   Faculdade de Música Souza Lima
 Alexis Soto  Percussion  Venezuela  Berklee College of Music
 Marco A. Ribera Tejeda  Piano  Mexico   Tecnológico de Monterrey
 José Alberto Aponte Trujillo  Violin  Mexico   Colorado State University

The Foundation's Scholarship Committee is tasked with carefully evaluating a highly competitive pool of young and aspiring musicians on a variety of skills and rigorous policies developed by the Foundation. The Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Miguel Bosé Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA and honor standards of academic excellence and outstanding conduct set forth by the Foundation and the respective music institution, in order to qualify for renewal of annual assistance during their four-year college term, which will be 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 of Latin music with financial need, as well as grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of Latin music genres.

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