The Nicky Jam Scholarship: Honored by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation recently awarded the Nicky Jam Scholarship to Leomar Cordero, a talented pianist from the Dominican Republic. The announcement was made during a ceremony that also introduced the Scholarship Alumni Network. Cordero expressed gratitude for the recognition, stating that he is thankful to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and Nicky Jam for acknowledging his efforts and inspiring other young musicians who share a deep love for music and their rich culture.

The “Prodigy Scholarship,” sponsored by renowned Hispanic music artist Nicky Jam, was established 9 years ago to support music education and Latino music genres. With a generous grant of up to $200,000, Cordero will be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston starting this fall.

Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, the executive director of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, emphasized that the Foundation’s mission has always been to support and nurture the next generation of Latin music creators. She expressed her humility in announcing the recipient of the ninth Prodigy Scholarship, continuing the Foundation’s commitment to this mission.

Previous sponsors of the scholarship include Sofia Carson, Juanes, Julio Iglesias, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Carlos Vives, Miguel Bosé, Juan Luis Guerra, and Enrique Iglesias.

Since its inception, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has contributed over $9.3 million in scholarships, grants, musical instruments, and educational programs across the United States and Latin America. Through the generous support of renowned artists like Nicky Jam, the Foundation can fulfill its unique privilege of fostering the education of future generations, empowering them to carry forward the rich legacy of Latin music.

Cordero, a 19-year-old musician from La Romana, was selected by the Scholarship Committee from hundreds of applicants worldwide. He expressed his commitment to making the most of this incredible opportunity and leaving a lasting impact on the world of music.

Upon completing their study programs, Cordero and other scholarship recipients will join the newly created Scholarship Alumni Network of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. This network serves as a platform for graduates to mentor current fellows, network with industry professionals, and access exclusive events and resources.

The Foundation also announced the winners of the Gifted Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships, providing 43 talented students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to study at renowned music institutions worldwide. The three Gifted Tuition Scholarship winners will receive grants of up to $100,000 each to contribute to their tuition costs for four years at their chosen universities or institutions.

The winners of the Gifted Tuition Scholarship include Gabriel Américo, a guitar player from Brazil, Camilo Astiazarán, a guitar player from Uruguay, and Olivia Soler Espinosa, an interpreter of the Cuban tres from Cuba. More information about the winners of the Tuition Assistance Scholarship can be found by visiting the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s website.

Nicky Jam, the Puerto Rican idol of the urban genre of Latino music, is known for his unique perspective that helped pioneer reggaeton, making it a worldwide phenomenon. Despite facing challenges in his career, Nicky Jam made a comeback with hit songs like “Travesuras,” “El perdón” (with Enrique Iglesias), and “Hasta el amanecer.” His music has amassed billions of views on platforms such as YouTube and Spotify.

Nicky Jam expressed his delight in joining the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation in awarding the Nicky Jam Scholarship to Leomar Cordero. He described the scholarship as more than just financial assistance, but a symphony of dreams and dedication. He emphasized the power of music in bringing people together and nurturing the melodies of tomorrow. Nicky Jam congratulated Cordero and encouraged him to let his music paint the world with colors that only his heart can imagine.