Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to award up to $700,000 in scholarships to 43 international music students

July 12, 2016 -- 4:00 am PDT

MIAMI, Fla (July 12, 2016) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®will bestow up to $700,000 in scholarships to music students with an interest in Latin music. This year, the Gifted Scholarship Award will be presented to three exceptionally talented recipients: Juan P. Faundez, 19, from Chile, a drum player; John Gallegos, 21, from Ecuador, a trumpet player; and David Suleiman, 24, from Puerto Rico, a tenor saxophone player. The Tuition Assistance Award will benefit 40 students from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the United States, and Venezuela.

"This year we experienced a dramatic spike in specialties and the number of submissions for the Gifted Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Awards," said Manolo Díaz, Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "The eclectic group of winners consists of talented composers, singers, and instrumentalists from a wide range of nationalities. Music education transforms lives. Fine tuning the artistry and craftsmanship of these young music makers enables us to foster Latin music’s legacy for generations to come."

The Gifted Scholarship Award provides a stipend up to $100,000 to talented music students with financial need toward a four-year bachelor’s degree at a music institution of their choice. The Tuition Assistance Award aids aspiring musicians with a one-time tuition award of a maximum value of $10,000 toward their music education at a music institution of their choice.

The Foundation's Scholarship Committee is tasked with carefully evaluating a highly competitive pool of musicians on a variety of skills and rigorous policies developed by the Foundation. In order for students to qualify for annual assistance during their four-year college term, they must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and honor standards of excellence set forth by the Foundation and the respective music institution, which will be assessed each year.

The following students will receive a Tuition Assistance Award for 2016: Alexis Soto (Hand Percussion), Alvaro Huancahuari (Saxophone), Ana Carmela Ramirez Contramaestre (Voice), Ahmad Farhan Sarasin (Piano), Andrés Gutiérrez (Piano), Breno Rocha Ferrari (Electric Bass), Cesar Aranguibel, (Piano), Esmirna Ortiz (Piano), Freddy Contreras (Violin), Gabrielle Garo (Flute), Gabriel Chakarji (Piano), Geraldine Osorio (Clarinet), German Scheufler (Bass), Gerson de la Rosa Abreu (Classical Percussion), Gian Rossini (Violin), Gustavo Scaciota Benedetti (Saxophone), Isabella Díaz (Violin), Joabe Reis (Trombone), Jose Pablo Cruz Artavia (Clarinet), Juan Camilo González González (Clarinet), Juan Diego Ardila Blandón (Clarinet), Juan Felipe Rojas Triana (Voice), Laura Gil (Voice), Lina Liset Saroza Manso (Saxophone), Linda Briceño (Trumpet), Lucas Figueiredo Santana (Saxophone), Luis Anselmi (Cuatro Venezolano), Luis Gabriel Martínez Matarrita (Guitar), Luis Mario Ruelas Romo (Composition), Marco Ribera (Piano), Misrain Rubio Cruz (Guitar), Oscar Eduardo Rodríguez Tiburcio (Drum set), Oscar Quilca Barcelli (Drum set), Paulina Mercado (Drum set), Penélope Santana (Guitar), Rachel López (Flute), Raul Marcano (Clarinet), Santiago Barragán (Guitar), Sérgio Coelho (Clarinet) and Sergio Gallardo (Classical Guitar).

To learn more about these scholarships, or any other grants bestowed by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, please visit our website or social media platforms. 

theLatin 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. For more information about the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow us at: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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