Women in Music 2016

Juan Luis Guerra Berklee Scholarship Announced

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Juan Luis Guerra performs during the 53nd Vina del Mar International Song Festival on Feb. 27, 2012 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

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Multiple Latin Grammy winner and Berklee College of Music alum Juan Luis Guerra has put his name on a $200,000 scholarship to be awarded to a Berklee student pursuing a career in Latin music.

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation is offering the scholarship in conjunction with Guerra, who will contribute to financing the award and will present the scholarship to the winning student.

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Guerra earned a Bachelor's degree in jazz composition from Berklee in 1982. He went on to become one of Latin music’s biggest and most innovative stars, known for his virtuosity and for bringing bachata music into the pop realm. In 2009, the college awarded him an honorary doctorate degree.

"It's a great privilege to be part of this scholarship in partnership with the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation and Berklee College of Music," Guerra said through an announcement from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. "As an alumnus of Berklee I understand the desire of many Latino students who wish to develop their musical gift in this wonderful school. Today we begin this beautiful dream and our hearts are filled with joy!"

Students from 22 Latin American countries and the United States and Canada who have been admitted to attend Berklee to study Latin music in 2016 are eligible. The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation is now accepting applications through its website.

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"Juan Luis Guerra is not only a music legend but he is also an honorary alumnus from Berklee, whose art transcends and influences generations," said Manolo Diaz, Vice President of the foundation. 

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation  previously partnered with Enrique Iglesias to present a scholarship in his name. That $200,000 prize went to Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna, a 22-year-old tenor saxophone student from Mexico City, who began her studies in fall 2015.