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Jul 21, 2021

In addition, the Foundation announced that 38 music students worldwide will receive scholarships to help finance their education

Tanya Ramos-Puig, Juanes and Xavier Cintrón
Credit: The Latin Recording Academy/Photographer: John Parra/Getty Images
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MIAMI (JULY 13, 2021) — The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® awarded the Juanes Scholarship to 18-year-old cuatro puertorriqueño student Xavier Cintrón during a special presentation with the artist in Miami. The Prodigy Scholarship (Juanes Scholarship) — created seven years ago to support music education and the Latin music genres — holds a maximum value of $200,000 and allows Cintrón to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, starting this fall.

The Puerto Rico 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 $6.5 million in scholarships, grants, musical instruments, and educational events throughout the United States and Ibero-America. “We are so proud to award Xavier Cintrón with the Prodigy Scholarship for his hard work, commitment, and passion for Latin music, ” said Tanya Ramos-Puig, President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “This annual scholarship represents our investment in both education and equality. We remain committed to providing opportunities for young musicians – no matter their background, income, or zip code – to foster future generations of Latin music creators through education.”

“Just as I have spent a lot of creative time recently delving into some of Latin music’s greatest songs and artists that shaped my own musical foundations, I have always felt strongly that we have a responsibility to support music education so that the sounds of our culture continue to grow in future generations. It means a great deal to me that I have been able to partner with the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation to help a young musician fulfill his dream of pursuing a serious music education. When I saw Xavier’s performance videos, I knew immediately that he possesses an immense natural talent that will be able to reach even greater heights with this opportunity.  I believe we will be hearing much more from him in years to come, ” said Juanes.

“As the first Puerto Rican cuatrista to receive the Prodigy Scholarship, I feel immense gratitude and responsibility,” said Cintrón. “I wish to continue to develop and acquire new experiences to be able to share this knowledge and inspire young people like myself.”

The Foundation also announced the recipients of its annual Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships, that will allow 38 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:

  • Clara Díaz, vocalist from Argentina
  • María Milano, flutist from Venezuela
  • Thiago Silva, cellist from Brazil
Tuition Assistance Scholarship Recipients:
In addition, the following 35 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 Principal Instrument Country of Origin College/University
Luis Anselmi Cuatro Venezolano Venezuela Humber College, Canada
Cristian Ávila Guitar Ecuador Berklee College of Music, Boston
Joaquín Bonilla Flute United States Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
Ruvit Bracho Márquez Violin Venezuela Stetson University, Dilan, Florida
Gabriel Chakarji Piano Venezuela Manhattan School of Music, New York
Bernat Cucarella Vibraphone Spain Conservatorio Superior de Música “Joaquín Rodrigo”, Valencia, Spain
Lorenzo Curik Drum Set Argentina Berklee College of Music, Boston
Wellington de Souza Saxophone Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Arthur de Souza Lima Scarpini Guitar Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Maurizio Fiore Guitar Venezuela Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston
Samuel Frois Violin Brazil Mannes College of Performing Arts, New York
Jhoely Garay Guitar Mexico Manhattan School of Music, New York
Francisco Garrido Guitar Venezuela Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marco Grispo Guitar Argentina The New School, New York
Alejandro Guillén Piano Venezuela Montclair State University, New Jersey
Álvaro Huancahuari Saxophone Peru Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Sebastián Marino Saxophone Puerto Rico Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico
Simón Martínez Piano Ecuador MacEwan University, Canada
Rafael Mello Flute Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Eduardo Mendoza Saxophone Bolivia Northern State University, South Dakota
Catalina Jara Muñoz Piano Chile Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León, Salamanca, Spain
Marcella Nahas Voice Brazil Berklee College of Music, Boston
Gabriel Nieves Flute Mexico Conservatorio de las Rosas, Mexico
Marcin Patrzalek Guitar Poland Berklee College of Music, Boston
Rubén Portillo Guitar Paraguay Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Baltimore
Ana Carmela Ramírez Contramaestre Voice Venezuela The New School, New York
Kalebe Requena Trumpet Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Oscar Rojas Piano Mexico Berklee College of Music
Orlando Salazar Oboe Venezuela Longy School of Music of Bard College, Boston
Juan Sebastián Sánchez Duque Percussion Colombia Berklee College of Music, Boston
Estefane Santos Trumpet Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
João Semedo Vibraphone Portugal Berklee College of Music, Boston
Cristian Tamblay Drum Set Chile Berklee College of Music, Boston 
Gustavo Tenes Double Bass Brazil Faculdade e Conservatório Souza Lima, Brazil
Ángela Varo Moreno Violin Spain Berklee College of Music, Boston


The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by The Latin Recording Academy® in 2015 to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture. The Foundation provides college scholarships, educational programs and grants for the research and preservation of its rich musical legacy and heritage, and to date has donated more than $6.5 million with the support of Latin Recording Academy members, artists, corporate sponsors and other generous donors. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit, Amazon Smile or our Facebook page. And follow us @latingrammyfdn on Twitter and Instagram, and at Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation on Facebook.

A global ambassador for Latin culture and champion for social change, Juanes has been heralded on TIME’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and hailed by The New York Times as “Latin America’s hottest singer-songwriter…a soulful poet with electric guitar.” Across his landmark career, he has broken many barriers for Spanish-language artists, while earning 12 #1 U.S. singles, an impressive 25 combined GRAMMY® & Latin GRAMMY® awards, and was named the 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year for his artistry, support for rising artists, and philanthropic contributions to the global community.

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