Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Awards the Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship To Colombian Pianist

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Jesus Molina Acosta (L), winner of the 2016 Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship, presented by the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, and Juan Luis Guerra at Berklee College of Music on May 5, 2016 in Boston, Mass. 

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation awarded the Juan Luis Guerra scholarship to 19-year-old Colombian pianist Jesús Molina-Acosta during a ceremony at Boston's Berklee College of Music. 

Guerra, also a Berklee alum, chose Molina-Acosta from six other finalists to receive the scholarship with a maximum value of $200,000, allowing him to further his education at Berklee. He is set to begin his studies this fall. 

“I want to congratulate the six finalists and especially the winner of the scholarship, Jesús Molina-Acosta. We applaud and admire his dedication, work and talent. We look forward to continuing to fund scholarships that benefit Latin music students,” said the Latin Grammy winner who received a Bachelor's degree in jazz composition from Berklee in 1982. The college awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 2009. 

Last year, The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation partnered with superstar Enrique Iglesias to create a $200,000 scholarship that went to 22-year-old Silviana Itzel Salinas-Reyna from Mexico City.