Berklee City Music Awards Nine Four-Year, Full-Tuition Scholarships

By 
Tori Donahue
August 7, 2019
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Left to right: Berklee President Roger H. Brown, Dylan Verge, Aliyah Taylor, Malachi Lewis, Diji Diallo, Gregory Cyres Jr., Thomas Cooke, Zhane Brown, Angelina Boticelli, Hazel Royer, and Krystal Banfield, vice president of outreach and social entrepreneurship
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Nine young musicians from underserved communities in Boston and across the United States were awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music during an emotional presentation at the Berklee Performance Center on August 6. Emceed by Kameron Whalum, a member of Bruno Mars’s acclaimed backing band, the Hooligans, the scholarship presentation came at the end of Berklee's Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, which included 89 students attending the program on Berklee City Music Summer Scholarships.

Scholarship recipients were all participants in Berklee City Music®, a nonprofit organization that delivers high-quality contemporary music education to youth from underserved communities at no or low cost. The Berklee City Music Network® is an association of 40 community organizations that serve more than 46,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Latin America each year. Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded 266 four-year, full-tuition scholarships totaling more than $20 million.

2019 Berklee City Music College Scholarship Recipients

  • Angelina Botticelli, East Boston, Massachusetts
  • Zhane Brown, Camden, New Jersey
  • Thomas Cooke, Goodyear, Arizona
  • Gregory Cyres Jr., New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Diji Diallo, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Malachi Lewis, East Orange, New Jersey
  • Aliyah Taylor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2019 City Music J. Curtis Warner Jr. Scholarship Recipient

  • Dylan Verge, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

2019 Berklee Presidential Scholar

  • Hazel Royer, Dorchester, Massachusetts