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 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.
For all information and the latest news, please visit the official Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® website at: LatinGRAMMYCulturalFoundation.com.
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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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