Rock and Seoul Scholarships
|Standing at the podium: Mirek Vana '01 (left) and Jung Bae Kim '00 were friends during their Berklee years and collaborated on creating the CJ Scholarship.|
The CJ Scholarship for Korean students at Berklee is the first of its kind; it marks the first significant result of the college's global development agenda. The scholarship supports Korean students with outstanding merit, strong academic performance, and significant financial need. This fall, Berklee awarded scholarships to 10 students, out of many qualified candidates from Korea that, without any doubt, could not have completed their studies without this support.
We are proud to receive this gift from the CJ Culture Foundation in Seoul, Korea. The foundation was established in 2006 and its tagline "Enjoy your life with arts" speaks for itself. The purpose of the foundation is to promote cultural creativity and diversification with a focus on cultural growth and sharing. The foundation has continually supported the discovery of creative artists. In addition to the scholarship at Berklee, the foundation supports young creative artists through several programs such as Tune Up, Creative Minds, Project S, and CJ Azit, which offers a creative space and programing for young artists in Korea.
The foundation's support is not random and the inception of this award is deeply rooted in the noteworthy recognition of the Berklee brand in Korea. At the center of Berklee's success are the achievements of alumni, a long-lasting partnership with Seoul Jazz Academy (SJA), strong educational outreach of our admissions office, and relentless development of academic programs by Berklee's Office of International Programs. The strategic collaboration of these various offices has played a significant part in this endeavor.
A long-lasting relationship between two Berklee alumni-Jung Bae Kim and Mirek Vana-paved the way for this scholarship and for Berklee's development work around the globe. These alumni met at Berklee during the late 1990s and have since stayed in touch. Their passion and dedication to the needs of Berklee students fueled their dialogue over the years. This scholarship illustrates the power of relationships and the benefits of strong alumni ties with the college.
At the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza in Chicago, Berklee College of Music announced the founding of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship. The four-year, full-tuition scholarship is being endowed by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund and will be awarded annually to a talented musician in financial need.
This exciting partnership is the first educational initiative of its kind for Lollapalooza. "The essence of Lollapalooza is artist discovery and providing opportunities for emerging bands to reach new audiences," says Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell. "This partnership provides young musicians with a chance to polish their skills on their way to performing on the main stage."
The first recipient will be named at Lollapalooza 2012. Recipients will be chosen through auditions and interviews conducted during the Berklee World Tour. To apply, visit admissions.
The Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship was established at the recommendation of Berklee Board of Trustees member Fran Bermanzohn, managing director and deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs. The scholarship also aims to bring more outstanding rock musicians to Berklee to join the ranks of alumni members of acts such as the Cars, My Morning Jacket, Fences, Foster the People, and Wye Oak-all of which performed at last year's Lollapalooza.
"Music plays an important role in defining our society, making the education of the next generation of musicians remarkably important," Bermanzohn says. "I'm especially pleased to support Berklee's work with this endowment, and think it especially fitting to announce it at a milestone in Lollapalooza's history."
The full-tuition scholarship is the cornerstone of a new multifaceted partnership between Lollapalooza and the college developed by Berklee Professor Jeff Dorenfeld and C3 Presents, the festival's producer.
"I'm thrilled to have the college associated with a festival that has been instrumental in so many musicians' careers and to use the Lollapalooza Scholarship as a platform to reach out to talented young musicians who might not find us otherwise," Dorenfeld says. "We are also excited to showcase a Berklee artist at such an influential and prominent festival."