Michel Camilo Scholarship

The Michel Camilo Scholarship is a full scholarship opportunity awarded to one gifted instrumental musician, either Dominican born or of Dominican descent, who is accepted to Berklee College of Music for the upcoming year. The scholarship is intended to provide an opportunity for a young musician with both exceptional talent and a passion for a career in music to experience the unique benefits of a Berklee College of Music education. The Michel Camilo Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room, and board, and is renewable over four years of study. This scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of Sandra and Michel Camilo, Trustee Emeritus Mike Dreese, and many friends of the Camilos.

How to Apply

If you are an instrumentalist looking to be considered for the Michel Camilo Scholarship, please complete the Michel Camilo Scholarship application by November 15, 2017, which includes submitting up to three web video links of your recent video performances.


To be eligible for the Michel Camilo Scholarship, an applicant must be:

  • an instrumental musician;
  • Dominican born or of Dominican descent;
  • a Berklee College of Music undergraduate candidate (subject to Admissions requirements);
  • available to begin studies in the fall of 2018; and
  • (preferably) enrolled in (or graduated from) high school, secondary school, or post-secondary school.

All completed submissions will be screened for eligibility requirements. A select number of eligible students will be invited, via email, to participate in an audition and interview during the 2017 Berklee clinics at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música (National Conservatory of Music) in the Dominican Republic.