The Latin Grammy Foundation Awards $200,000 Julio Iglesias Scholarship to Music Student From Spain

Julio Iglesias
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Julio Iglesias

In partnership with the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, Spanish icon Julio Iglesias awarded piano and voice student Mar Giménez Marín with a $200,000 scholarship to support Giménez Marin's studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"Mar is an accomplished pianist and vocalist, and I am delighted to be able to help her accomplish her dream of pursuing a formal music education at such a prestigious institution like Berklee," the Spanish icon said in a statement.  "Bolstering the talent of Latin music students, with the help of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, is something that I'm very proud of," said Iglesias.

Giménez Marín, a native of Zaragoza, Spain whose musical inspirations include Chavela Vargas and Joaquín Sabina, was selected by the foundation's scholarship committee from a group of hundreds of applicants worldwide. 

"I am immensely grateful to Julio Iglesias and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation for giving me this great opportunity to become a skilled musician under the guidance of the best educators," said Giménez Marín, who will begin her studies at Berklee this fall. "I have a lot to give back to Latin music and I will do so through making creative and original music."

Iglesias joins other artists that have previously co-sponsored the prodigy scholarships including Enrique Iglesias, who kicked off the partnership in 2015, Juan Luis Guerra, Miguel Bosé, Carlos Vives and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

"It gives me great pleasure to award our sixth Prodigy Scholarship to a talented music student, in order to cover the costs of a degree at Berklee," said Manolo Díaz, senior vice president of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. "Thanks to the incredible generosity of a musical icon like Julio Iglesias, we can help foster the education of future generations of Latin music makers."

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