Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Awards Sofia Carson Scholarship To Vocalist & Student Valentina García
(From left) Sofia Carson, Manuel Abud and Valentina García

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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Awards Sofia Carson Scholarship To Vocalist & Student Valentina García

The Prodigy Scholarship (Sofia Carson Scholarship) holds a maximum value of $200,000 and allows García to pursue a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, starting this fall.

Recording Academy/Aug 11, 2022 - 10:30 pm

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation awarded the Sofia Carson Scholarship to 19-year-old vocalist and student Valentina García during a special presentation with the artist in Miami.

The Prodigy Scholarship (Sofia Carson Scholarship) — created eight years ago to support music education and the Latin music genres — holds a maximum value of $200,000 and allows García to pursue a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, starting this fall. 

The Venezuelan native was selected by the Foundation's Scholarship Committee from a highly competitive group of hundreds of applicants worldwide. Since its establishment, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has committed an extraordinary sum of more than $7.6 million in scholarships, grants, musical instruments, and educational events throughout the United States and Ibero-America.

"Year after year, we are humbled and inspired by the sheer volume and quality of scholarship entries from future Latin music creators committed to pursuing their dreams," said Manuel Abud, CEO of The Latin Recording Academy. "Since its inception and against adversities, our Foundation has been focused on awarding nearly $1 million in scholarships each year, thanks to the generosity of artists such as Sofia Carson, who continues to solidify the legacy of Latin music and preserve this program for future generations."

"It has been my privilege to witness the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation's transformational mission, changing lives through the power of music education," said Sofia Carson, Global Ambassador of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "It is my honor to partner with my Foundation family to present Valentina with the Prodigy Scholarship. She is an ever-deserving, brilliant young woman whose voice and talent awed us. Together, may we continue to amplify and lift powerful Latin voices, in every corner of our world."

"Together, Sofia Carson and the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation have changed my life for the better. I am forever grateful for their generosity and the doors they have opened," said García. "My journey is only beginning, as I bare witness to the impact the Foundation has made on the lives of Latin musicians around the world, I am determined to pay it forward and be a voice for those who are most in need."

The Foundation also announced the recipients of its annual Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships, that will allow 43 talented students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to pursue an education at some of the most prestigious musical institutions in the world.

Gifted Tuition Scholarship Recipients: 

The following three students will each receive the Gifted Tuition Scholarship, with a maximum value of $100,000, which will support the tuition costs of four years of study at the university or college of their choice are: 

  • Ferran Rico, electric bassist from Spain  

  • Juan Camilo Doria, tenor saxophonist from Colombia  

  • Alejo Villareal, electric bassist from Argentina 

Juan Camilo Doria's gift of $100,000 was sponsored by international art collector, gallery owner and philanthropist Gary Nader, Nader Art Museum Scholarship.

Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients: 

In addition, the following 40 students will each receive the Tuition Assistance Scholarship, a one-time scholarship with a maximum value of $10,000 toward the tuition costs for the university or college of their choice:

Recipient Country of Origin  Principal Instrument  College/University 
Stephanie Acosta  Colombia   Voice  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Cintia Aguilar  Venezuela  Voice  Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston 
Luis Anselmi  Venezuela  Cuatro Venezolano  Humber College, Canada 
Cobe Isai   Mexico  Guitar  Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico 
Rafael Beck   Brazil  Flute   Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Joaquin Bonilla  Ecuador  Flute  Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University 
Gabriel Braga  Brazil  Trombone  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Sebastian Castillo  Panama  Piano  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Nicolas Castro Granados  Colombia  Saxophone  Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León, Salamanca, Spain 
Lorenzo Curik  Argentina  Drum Set  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Arthur de Souza   Brazil  Guitar  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Abner Felipe Dos Santos Martins  Brazil  Guitar  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Marien Femerling Garcia  Mexico  Piano  Manhattan School of Music, New York 
Jhoely Garay  Mexico  Guitar  Manhattan School of Music, New York 
Francisco Garrido  Venezuela  Guitar  Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Andres Guerra  Venezuela  Guitar  The New School, New York 
Maximiliano Jaime  Colombia  Drum Set  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Damian Kompel  Argentina  Clarinet  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Marina Marchi Silveira  Brazil  Voice  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Sebastián Mariño   Puerto Rico  Saxophone   Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico 
Simon Martinez   Ecuador  Piano  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Octavio Mujica  United States  Cello  San Francisco Conservatory of Music 
Marcelo Murillo  United States  Drum Set  University of Oregon 
Andrés Nali  Venezuela  Percussion   Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Gabriel Nieves  Mexico  Flute   Conservatorio de las Rosas, Mexico 
Rafael Nocedo Gonzalez  Cuba  Piano  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Daniel Olivero  Venezuela  Voice  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Andrés Felipe Palacios Rodas  Colombia  Guitar  Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore 
João Vítor Aredes Martins Paulo  Brazil  Drum Set   Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Kalebe Requena  Brazil  Trumpet  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Oscar Rojas  Mexico  Piano  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Isaac Romagosa  Spain  Guitar  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Orlando Salazar  Venezuela  Oboe  Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston 
Juan Sebastian Sanchez   Colombia  Percussion  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Joao Semedo  Portugal  Vibraphone  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Kristalis Sotomayor  Puerto Rico  Flute  Boston Conservatory, Boston 
Gustavo Tenes  Brazil  Electric Bass  Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil 
Ángela Varo Moreno  Spain  Violin  Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Ayin Villagra-Brown  Chile  Piano  The New School, New York 
Marcus Vinicius de Oliveira Figueiredo da Silva  Brazil  Double Bass  Royal Northern College of Music, England  

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