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Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Announces 2024 Sebastián Yatra Scholarship


Credits: ERICK QUITUIZACA


The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation announced that Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Sebastián Yatra will sponsor its prestigious Prodigy Scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music for the 2024 fall semester.

The foundation's scholarship provides up to $200,000 in financial aid for music students in need. Created nine years ago, it has been cosponsored by iconic Latin music creators including: Nicky Jam (2023), 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).

“Joining the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation for their annual Prodigy Scholarship is beautiful because I’m part of something that I would’ve wished for as a young kid. One of my big dreams was to study music at Berklee, and although my career took a different path, which I’m super grateful for, I would’ve loved to have that kind of preparation and knowledge,” said Yatra. “I hope that the person who gets this opportunity takes full advantage of the scholarship and enjoys it to the max. I’ll be looking out for applicants that share a lot of heart and sincerity in their art.”

The scholarship announcement comes as a follow-up to the artist’s role as host during the 24th annual Latin Grammys where he both performed and shared on-air about his enthusiasm for the foundation, inviting the world to join in and support Latin music education. The Colombian American artist first joined forces with the foundation in 2019 for Latin Grammy in the Schools in Miami, an educational experience for middle school and high school music students to learn about the industry from talented Latin artists and music professionals.

Additionally, Gibson Gives, Gibson's philanthropic arm, will sponsor three Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each for students pursuing a music education with electric or acoustic guitar as their principal instrument.

Applications for all 44 scholarships available in 2024 are now open and available to music students between the ages of 17 and 25. The additional 43 scholarships available in addition to the Sebastián Yatra 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.

  • Three (3) Gibson Gives Tuition Assistance Scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to students pursuing a music education with electric or acoustic guitar as their principal instrument. This is a one-time award that will cover tuition costs over one year (fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters) and includes a Gibson guitar.

  • Thirty-seven (37) 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 2024 and spring 2025 semesters).

To date, the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has awarded 383 scholarships, investing $7.6 million over the last nine years.

“Our scholarships provide more than just funds for college tuition,” said Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, executive director of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. “The ongoing support we receive from artists such as Sebastián Yatra and our generous sponsors allows us to take it a step further and create meaningful educational and mentoring opportunities for the next generation of Latin music creators.”

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation is accepting applications for all 2024 scholarships from December 14, 2023, to April 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Review the 2024 guidelines and apply(Opens in a new window). The application includes 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 latingrammyculturalfoundation.org(Opens in a new window).



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