Music Students Get a Little Help From Latin Grammy Friends, Thanks to Nearly $1M in Scholarships

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Latin Grammy Winner Miguel Bosé with Miguel Bosé Scholarship winner Ernesto Núñez at Berklee College of Music on June 9, 2017 in Boston. 

A record 44 students from around the world will receive $870,000 in scholarship money from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. The number of awards and the amount is a record for the foundation, which has been providing financial aid to music students since 2015.

Money for the awards comes from multiple sources, including artists themselves. The award amount includes the $200,000 Miguel Bosé Scholarship announced earlier this year, which is going to 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Erensto Núñez. Núñez is entering Berklee College of Music this fall, majoring in contemporary writing and production.

Three students will receive Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000, covering a four-year bachelor’s degree. Andres Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela, will attend Berklee, as will Nikola Vasilijevic, a Dominican guitarist. Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, will attend the School of Jazz at The New School in New York City.

In addition, 40 students will receive Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each. They will attend school in many different countries, including Colombia, Mexico and Spain.

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has doled out $2.5 million in scholarship money since its inception, collaborating with stars like Enrique Iglesias, Juan Luis Guerra and now Bosé.

“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, senior vice president, Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation.

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