The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Scholarship, administered by The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, was created five years ago as part of the foundation’s efforts to support music education and Latin music. The Estefans are the fifth stars to co-sponsor the scholarship, which launched with Enrique Iglesias in 2015 and was followed by Juan Luis Guerra (2016), Miguel Bosé (2017) and Carlos Vives (2018).
But the Estefans have a particularly close connection to both the Latin Grammys and Berklee.
“Twenty years ago we were part of the founding committee that launched the Latin Grammys and it is such a satisfying honor to be a part of this organization as benefactors that will make reality the dream of one student with interest in Latin music,” said Emilio Estefan.
Beyond the Latin Grammys themselves, the Estefans’ daughter, Emily, graduated from Berklee. A composer, arranger, powerful singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays an eclectic mix of jazz, blues and R&B, Estefan released her debut album, Take Whatever You Want, in 2017.
“It is a pleasure to support and help a student attend one of the most prestigious and celebrated universities in the world,” added Emilio Estefan.
To date, the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has donated $4 million toward 200 scholarships (to different music schools), musical instrument donations and education events throughout Ibero-America.
The Prodigy Scholarship in particular was created in 2015 and is awarded to a single student who is “exceptionally gifted” and needs financial assistance to complete a bachelor’s degree in music. Applications for the scholarship are now officially open until April 10, 2019.
“As musicians and entrepreneurs, the Estefans have a vast knowledge of all the areas in the industry,” said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin Grammys Cultural Foundation. “Through their leadership and support we hope to—not only change the life of an aspiring talent — but also inspire others to pursue the many careers available in music while inviting people to join our cause through donations.”
For applications and guidelines, please visit LatinGRAMMYCulturalFoundation.com.