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An act of kindness by Janet D'Addario many years ago, along with inspiring work by Dr. Margaret Martin, led to the introduction with the Rita and Herbert Z. Gold Trust and the subsequent establishment of the D'Addario Foundation's College Scholarship Fund.

This scholarship is not about competition, test scores, or achievement. It’s about potential. These are kids that have fully dedicated themselves to their community music programs but still have financial obstacles in front of them. That’s where we come in. We’re helping them cover the many costs associated with college, and sticking with them through graduation. Most of these students are the first generation in their families to attend, and they don’t even have to study music. We simply want to empower them to continue to fulfill their amazing potential.

- Suzanne D’Addario


Meet The Ambassadors

Our scholarship recipients are ambassadors of our work and embody the lasting positive change that results from a robust education in music. Here are the 2024 recipients.

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Alice Li

UC Berkeley
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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Ana Isabel Cardona Izquiel

Harvard University
Anthropology, Linguistics, Computer Science

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Caleb Graupera

Harvard University

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Lupe Lopez

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Kimberly Perez Maldonado

UC Berkeley
Nutritional Science: Physiology and Metabolism

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Mehrael Abdelmasih

Rutgers University

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Meredith Peek

East Tennessee State University
Bluegrass/Old-Time & Roots Music - Audio Production

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Olneya Fong

Arizona State University

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Prince Davenport

Kenyon College

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Trinity Gabreylski

Southern Methodist University
Music Therapy / Music Performance




  • 2022 Recipients

    • Allen Bryant, Ventura College
    • Carla Salas, New Jersey City University
    • Elijah Brown, Roosevelt University
    • Jackie Moreno, Marquette University
    • Jelil Missouri, Columbia College Chicago
    • Jennifer Calderon, Rowan University
    • Johnathan Campbell, Elmhurst University
    • Juan Munoz, Wilbur Wright Community College
    • Katia Campos, Temple University
    • Maria-Simone Williams, Middle Tennessee State University
    • Nerelly Mendoza, DePaul University
    • Quetzaly Ferrales, Grand Canyon University
  • 2021 Recipients

    • Anna Jorge, The College of New Jersey
    • Devin Shaw, University of Miami
    • Elijah Flores, University of Texas, San Antonio
    • Itayetzy Uranga-Caamano, NYU
    • Keyona Carrington, Towson University
    • Maya Valdez, University of Colorado, Denver
    • Melissa Flores, Ventura College
    • Rafael Noriega Jr., Cleveland Institute of Music 
    • Ronald Jamieson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Zamira Castillo-Santos, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,
    • Zora Nelson, NYU
  • 2020 Recipients

    • Abraham Arteaga, Northern Arizona University
    • Aly Farciert, Borough of Manhattan Community College
    • Amy Chen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • Daniel Espinola, California State University, Channel Islands
    • George Castro, Wilbur Wright Community College
    • Keith Fleming, University of Miami
    • Keldy Penaranda, Stockton University
    • Michael Rodriguez, University of Arizona
    • Stephanie Korley, NYU
  • 2019 Recipients

    • Angelis Lugo, Hostos Community College
    • Asia Palmer, University of Hartford
    • Daneyra Mejia, Villanova University
    • Ethan Chrzanowski, Community College of Philadelphia
    • Ivana Avila, DePauw University
    • Kyle Tennyson, Florida State University
    • MaryBeth Perez Castano, Brooklyn College
    • Matthew Lewis, Harold Washington College
    • Sophia Radford, Temple University
    • Tom Cooke, Berklee College of Music
  • 2023 Recipients

    • Adamari Alvarado Martinez, University of California, Davis
    • Aiden Rogers, Olympic College
    • Ashley Rocha, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    • Emily Huyhua, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • Jaqueline Marquez Salgado, Washington University
    • Julia Yuan, Northeastern University
    • Lucy Apolinar-Hernandez, Mount Mary University
    • Miguelfi Guzman, Drexel University
    • Ronaldo Lopez Lorenzo, Lee University
    • Stella Jones, University of Oregon
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“This is just a quick note to say how profoundly grateful we are for your thoughtfulness in creating the D'Addario scholarship program. This means so much to the 3 UpBeat students that have been awarded scholarships. We are very moved that D'Addario appreciates the fact that, while music can bring so very much into all our lives, there are very real obstacles that can prevent our students from continuing their journeys into adulthood. Your scholarship support is making a huge difference. Thank you so very much.” - Liza Austria, Founding Director, UpBeat NYC

"Coming from a city where there is a lot of poverty and public schools are underfunded, I can speak first-hand how it’s sad that so many kids do not have access to music education. Through my music program [Play On Philly] I’m seeing how much music education can change a student’s life, by giving them something to be passionate about and creating a safe space. It means a lot that foundations like the D’Addario Foundation reach out to students and give them something like music to immerse their time in, because so many of them need it." - Zora Nelson, NYU

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All of these young people have some kind of potential in them. And if we don’t invest in them as a nation, regardless of where they come from or what color they are, if we don’t invest in them, we lose. Imagine this talent bottled up in these kids unexplored, un-invested. There are millions of kids like this in this country who do not have the resources to become everything that they could be. And shame on us if we can’t do this better. But fortunately, these programs are doing the job that sometimes the bigger society fails to do.

- Michelle Obama

This scholarship is intended for students participating in D'Addario Foundation grantee programs. Have high schoolers that would be great candidates? Reach out to us at foundation@daddario.com for more information.


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You can now donate the spare change from your everyday credit or debit card purchases by joining the D’Addario Foundation’s Round-Up Program.