Juan Luis Guerra & Berklee Announce $200,000 Music Scholarship


Last month, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio said he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects young undocumented immigrants who arrive to the U.S. as children.

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In a climate where the very livelihoods of Latinos everywhere are being challenged even by the powers that be, it is nothing short of inspiriting to see members of the upper echelon help those whose experiences are barred from the mainstream to reach for their dreams.

Enter Latin Grammy-winner and beloved Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra, who’s partnered up with his Alma Mater the Berklee College of Music, on a $200,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student pursuing a career in Latin music. The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation will help finance the award and present the scholarship to the winning student.

“It’s a great privilege to be part of this scholarship in partnership with the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation and Berklee College of Music,” said Guerra, according to Billboard. “As an alumnus of Berklee I understand the desire of many Latino students who wish to develop their musical gift in this wonderful school. Today we begin this beautiful dream and our hearts are filled with joy!”

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Students from 22 Latin American countries, the United States, and Canada who have been admitted into Berklee to study Latin music in 2016 are eligible. The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation is now accepting applications, here.