Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation on Monday announced that, starting in autumn 2015, they will provide a scholarship to an Ibero-American student who has been admitted to the world-renowned Berklee College of Music.
The Enrique Iglesias Scholarship will be presented to a student working toward his or her B.A. at the prestigious Boston-based institute, “in an effort to stimulate musical education within Latino communities,” the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation said in a communique.
Iglesias called his alliance with the foundation in the scholarship initiative “rewarding” and said that it is designed to “support the next generation of Latin musicians.”
Berklee graduates include singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.
“Not everyone gets to do what they love, and to be able to help someone achieve their goals is extremely gratifying,” said Iglesias, who during his 19-year career has garnered four Latin Grammys and sold more than 100 million records.
The vice president of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, Manolo Diaz, told EFE that the scholarship has a maximum value of $200,000 and will be awarded to a very talented and ambitious student with limited economic resources to support their four-year study program at Berklee.
The scholarship application deadline is April 10 and students from 24 countries are encouraged to apply if they have been admitted to attend Berklee, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
The idea for the stipend, which is financed by Iglesias and the foundation, was originally conceived by the singer, Diaz said.
The foundation’s scholarship committee will have until April 20 to select the winner, whose name will be announced at a public ceremony at which Iglesias will present the award.
The singer and the foundation will remain “very close” to the student during his or her tenure at Berklee, Diaz said, and after graduation they will help integrate him or her into the labor market so that they become an “important music professional,” whether as an artist or music professor.