IN JUST FOUR YEARS, THE LATIN GRAMMY CULTURAL FOUNDATION® HAS AWARDED MORE THAN 150 SCHOLARSHIPS, TOTALING $3.4 MILLION USD

July 19, 2018 -- 9:00 am PDT

44 Students from all over the world will receive scholarships totaling $900,000 that will help them finance their musical education


Miami, FL (July 19, 2018)—The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today its annual list of Gifted Tuition Scholarship (3) and Tuition Assistance Scholarship (40) recipients, which will allow 44 talented music students from diverse backgrounds with a great passion for Latin music, to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the world and pursue their musical dreams.

To date, 156 scholarships have been awarded, totaling an impressive $3.4 million USD that have been gifted by the Latin Grammy Foundation to assist students with financial constraints fund their studies. In 2018 alone, $900,000 USD was awarded.

Among this year’s class of scholarship recipients is the winner of the previously announced Carlos Vives Scholarship, Nicolle Horbath, who was honored in Colombia, on June 5, with a maximum value of $200,000 USD to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"The generosity of our donors, supporting artists, and sponsors has been so substantial that we have been able to make hundreds of dreams a reality every year. Dreams that may have simply stayed as dreams and nothing more, if not for the ever-growing work of our team and of those who want to enhance Latin music," said Manolo Díaz, Sr. Vice President, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "I am proud and moved by the large strides made by our young Foundation which, in such a brief period, has profoundly impacted so many lives. I am in awe of how significantly we are affecting the lives of future Latin music makers."

The following students each received the Gifted Tuition Scholarship, with a maximum value of $100,000 USD, which goes towards supporting a portion of the tuition costs of the university of their choice:

  • Ricardo Matute, a percussionist from Colombia
  • Froylan Saul Ojeda, an upright bass player from Mexico
  • Gilmarie Villanueva, a voice student from Puerto Rico

Gilmarie Villanueva's scholarship was sponsored by Argentine businesswomen, television host, and philanthropist Bettina Bulgheroni. The scholarship will go towards supporting the collegiate education of Gilmarie Villanueva, whose family was greatly affected by Hurricane María. 

In addition to the three students mentioned, 40 students will receive the Tuition Assistance Scholarship, a one-time scholarship with a maximum value of $10,000 USD, to be used towards financing the tuition costs of their music education at a university or college of their choice. Recipients will pursue their education at various colleges and universities, such as Berklee College of Music, The New School, Faculdade de Música Souza Lima, The City College of New York, Colorado State University, Holland College, The New School of Jazz, Longy School of Music, The New School (Mannes School of Music), Pontificia Javeriana de Bogotá, and the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.

The 44 scholarship recipients in 2018 are from diverse countries, such as Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia the United States, Mexico, Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Peru, Chile and one recipient each from the United Kingdom and Indonesia.

Following is a list of students who are receiving a Tuition Assistance Scholarship for 2018, which includes their country of origin, principal instrument, and the college or university they will be attending:

Ahmad

Farhan Sarasin

Piano

Indonesia

Berklee College of Music

Alexis

Soto

Percussion

Venezuela

Berklee College of Music

Álvaro

Huancahuari

Saxophone

Peru

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Ana Carmela

Ramírez

Voice

Venezuela

The New School

Aniela

Batres

Vibraphone

Mexico

Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Breno

Rocha Ferrari

Electric Bass

Brazil

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Camila

Ronza

Voice

Brazil

Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood

Carlos

Pascual Cipelletti

Piano

Spain

Alfonso X El Sabio

César

Aranguibel

Piano

Venezuela

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Cristian

Tamblay

Drum Set

Chile

Berklee College of Music

Daniel

Ávila

Electric Guitar

Colombia

Berklee College of Music

Daniel

Tenes

Drum Set

Brazil

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Estefane

De Souza Santos

Trumpet

Brazil

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Euan

Leslie

Drum Set

United Kingdom

Berklee College of Music

Francisco

Garrido

Guitar

Venezuela

Berklee College of Music

Gabrielle

Garo

Flute

United States

The New School

Gustavo

Miorim

Drum Set

Brazil

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

Herbert

de Lima

Alto Saxophone

Brazil

Faculdade de Música Souza Lima

James

Vicent

Tenor Saxophone

United States

Berklee College of Music

Jhoely

Garay

Guitar

Mexico

The City College of New York

Joao

Vitor Perrusi

Guitar

Brazil

Berklee College of Music

José Alberto

Aponte Trujillo

Violin

Mexico

Colorado State University

Jose

Uzcategui

Percussion

Venezuela

Bob Cole Conservatory, California State University

Juan Pablo

Faundez

Drum Set

Chile

Berklee College of Music

Linda

Briceño

Trumpet

Venezuela

The New School of Jazz

Luis

Anselmi

Cuatro Venezolano

Venezuela

Holland College

Luis Gabriel

Martínez Matarrita

Guitar

Costa Rica

Alfonso X El Sabio

Marco A.

Ribera Tejada

Piano

Mexico

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Markell

Badallo

Percussion

Spain

Berklee College of Music

Maurizio

Fiore

Cuatro Venezolano

Venezuela

Berklee College of Music

Morgan

Faw

Alto Saxophone

United States

Berklee College of Music

Nicolás

González Orozco

Voice

Colombia

Berklee College of Music

Orlando

Berríos

Cuatro Puertorriqueño

Puerto Rico

Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico

Oscar Andrés

Quilca Barcelli

Drum Set

Peru

Berklee College of Music

Rafael

Suncar

Alto Saxophone

Dominican Republic

Berklee College of Music

Raúl

Marcano

Clarinet

Venezuela

Longy School of Music

Samuel

Frois

Violin

Brazil

The New School, Mannes School of Music

Santiago

Barragán

Guitar

Colombia

Berklee College of Music

Santiago

Bertel

Piano

Colombia

Berklee College of Music

Santiago

Rodríguez

Saxophone

Colombia

Pontificia Javeriana de Bogotá

  

The recipients of all the scholarships announced were carefully selected by the 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 Carlos Vives Scholarship are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA minimum and meet the standards of academic excellence set forth by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and their respective institution, so as to qualify for scholarship renewal during their college tenure, which is assessed each semester.

 

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