SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (OCT. 17, 2023) — The Recording Academy®‘s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team along with the GRAMMY Museum® have selected Aliyah Durazo (California State University Fullerton), Dilan Hoskins (Tennessee State University), Olivia Moyana Pierce (Northwestern University), Emmanuel Strickland (Tennessee State University), and Vashed Thompson (University of Texas at Austin) as the recipients of the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2021, the scholarship was named in honor of the late music executive and DJ Quinn Coleman, who passed away at the age of 31 in 2020. After his tragic passing, his family set up the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship through the GRAMMY Museum to keep his legacy alive. The financial scholarship and comprehensive internship program aim to eliminate barriers in the music industry by providing professional development opportunities to help prepare students for full-time employment.
Each of the five recipients will serve as interns and collaborate closely with the GRAMMY Museum, Recording Academy and their affiliated Chapters. Furthermore, each intern will be awarded two $1,000 scholarships for tuition, a $500 stipend for interview preparation, two $250 stipends for books and equipment, and funding to invest in their personal portfolios. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to undertake a spring internship at the Recording Academy or Latin Recording Academy®.
The recipients are from different cities across the country with various interests in pursuing a career in music. Durazo is a senior from California State University Fullerton interested in marketing; Hoskins is a sophomore at Tennessee State University interested in commercial music; Pierce is a senior at Northwestern University interested in music supervision; Strickland is a junior at Tennessee State University interested in composing music; and Thompson is a sophomore at University of Texas at Austin interested in digital marketing and PR.