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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Launches The Nicky Jam Scholarship For Music Students In Need
Beginning in the 2023 fall semester, the Nicky Jam Scholarship provides up to $200,000 in financial aid for music students in need. Find out more about how to apply for all 2023 scholarships here.
Latin GRAMMY winner Nicky Jam is sponsoring the Prodigy Scholarship toward a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music starting in the fall 2023 semester. The four-year scholarship — this year, renamed the Nicky Jam Scholarship — is presented by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.
The Foundation's scholarship provides up to $200,000 in financial aid for music students in need, aged 17 to 25. Created eight years ago, it has been co-sponsored by 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,” Nicky Jam said. “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.”
The Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer pledged to support music students at the 23rd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, where he performed alongside Foundation scholarship winners. Watch the performance and see his special message here.
Additionally, CEO of La Industria Inc. Juan Diego Medina is sponsoring one of the Gifted Tuition Scholarships of up to $100,000.
Applications for all of the 2023 scholarships are now open, and are available to music students between the ages of 17 and 25. The scholarships available in addition to the Nicky Jam Scholarship are 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).
To date, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has awarded over $7.6 million in scholarships, grants and musical instrument donations through their global programs and events.
“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.
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation is accepting applications for all 2023 scholarships from Dec. 15, 2022 to April 10, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Apply here with two audition videos, two letters of recommendation, two essays, and an acceptance letter from an accredited university. Materials can be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
For information and the latest news, please visit the official Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation website.