The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is pleased to announce that Latin GRAMMY® winner Nicky Jam is sponsoring its prestigious Prodigy Scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music starting in the 2023 fall semester.
The scholarship announcement comes as a follow-up to the artist’s performance at the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, alongside Foundation scholarship winners, where he pledged to support aspiring musicians. To view the performance and message, visit: https://www.facebook.com/NickyJamPR/videos/1559535407841920
The four-year namesake Prodigy Scholarship, this year the Nicky Jam Scholarship, was created eight years ago and provides up to $200,000 in financial aid. It has been co-sponsored by the following Latin artists: Sofia Carson (2022), Juanes (2021) Julio Iglesias (2020), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019), Carlos Vives (2018), Miguel Bosé (2017), Juan Luis Guerra (2016), and Enrique Iglesias (2015).
“Music has always been there for me; it has been the fuel that has kept me going even during the hardest moments of my life,” shared Nicky Jam. “By providing the Prodigy Scholarship in partnership with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, I get to share my passion for music and give back to the next generation of Latin music makers on their journey to achieving their dreams.”
“When it comes to pursuing a career in music, finances should not be a deterrent to cultivating talent,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Executive Director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “We are grateful for Nicky Jam’s generosity, which makes music education a reality for future generations of Latin music creators and preserves our legacy for years to come.”
In addition, beginning today, the Foundation is accepting applications for all 2023 scholarships, and alongside Nicky Jam, Juan Diego Medina, CEO of La Industria Inc., is also sponsoring one of the Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000.
All scholarships are available to music students between the ages of 17 and 25, as follows:
Three (3) Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to students to cover tuition costs towards a four-year bachelor’s degree in music starting in fall 2023 at the university of their choice.
Forty (40) Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in music. This is a one-time award that will cover tuition costs over one year (fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters).
Each year, the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee carefully evaluates applications from a highly competitive pool of aspiring musicians on a variety of skills, along with rigorous requirements that are both academic and artistic in nature. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $7.6 million in scholarships, grants and musical instrument donations through their music education programming, and events worldwide. All scholarships are awarded to exceptionally talented music students, with financial needs, to support their educational and musical aspirations.
To apply, visit www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.org. The online application process requires students to submit two audition videos, two letters of recommendation, and an acceptance letter from an accredited university along with two essays. The materials can be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
For information and the latest news, please visit the official Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation website at: www.latingrammyculturalfoundation.org . If you have any questions after reviewing the guidelines or require assistance with your application, please email LGCF@grammy.com.