Berklee College of Music Provides Puerto Rican Musicians $1.5 Million in Scholarships

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More than a dozen aspiring musicians from the island will each receive $2,000-$30,000 for undergraduate studies at Berklee's Boston Campus.

The Berklee in Puerto Rico program recently concluded its 24th edition with the announcement of more than $1.5 million in scholarships for musicians' undergraduate studies.

All 24 musicians chosen will receive between $2,000 and $30,000 to be used for undergraduate study at Berklee's Boston Campus and Berklee Online classes and the chance to be part of a five-week summer performance program and participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival.

"Absolutely happy with the results, especially given the many difficulties we faced this year,” said Luis Alvarez, founder of Make Music Happen Inc., which partnered with Berklee on this year’s event. “The significant financial assistance from Berklee confirms the institution's commitment to this noble program. We have already begun preparations for the 25th anniversary celebration with great enthusiasm and a sense of satisfaction for this year's achievements."

Flute player Diana Valentina Rodriguez, 16, received $30,000 to attend Berklee and said that she's one step closer to realizing her music and academic dreams.

"This achievement represents 13 years of hard and steady work to reach the first part of my goal,” Rodriguez said. "It is with honor, humility and great pride that I accept this new challenge that comes because I have demonstrated my commitment to music, my passion, and to my country that I will represent with dignity."

David Rosado Cuba, whose son David Antonio Rosado was invited to participate in the Berklee Global Jazz Workshop, said that the scholarship came at the perfect time.

"I am thankful to God, Make Music Happen and Berklee College of Music for their unconditional support for our son in his passion for music and continuing with his academic training in drums,” Cuba said. “I know the experience will be enriching for him."

Fundacion Banco Popular, presenter of Berklee in Puerto Rico, provided the use of the Plazoleta del Banco Popular in Hato Rey in San Juan. More than 500 family and friends attended as 164 students participated in the concert and scholarship presentation.

The Berklee in Puerto Rico program provides access to the Berklee method of music education, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance and instrumental instruction. The program allows participants to audition to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Berklee in Puerto Rico Scholarship Recipients:

Aurelio Adasme, guitar

Rigoberto Alvarado, guitar

Andrea Beltrán, voice

Sofía Capllonch, violin

Joshua Báez Cruz, bass

Roig Berrios Fuentes, trumpet

Juan Nieves Galarza, cuatro

Itzel Figueroa Jacinto, voice

Iremyelisse Díaz López,  bass

Ruth Morales, voice

Coral Serrano Marrero, voice

Ramón Nuñez, guitar

Andrés Martínez Orengo, flute

Iván Quiñones, percussion

Ernan Ramos, drums

Carlos Rivera, trumpet

Diana Rodríguez, flute

Giovanny Rodríguez, piano

Gerardo Rojas, guitar

David Rosado, hand percussion

Jomar Santos, cuatro

Carolina López Soto, voice

Daniel Manzano Toro, percussion

Victoria Rodríguez Vivoni, voice