EO student receives 4-year, full-tuition scholarship to study music

Photo Courtesy of Dave Green
From left are Berklee President Roger H. Brown, Dylan Verge, Aliyah Taylor, Malachai Lewis of East Orange, Diji Diallo, Gregory Cyres Jr., Thomas Cooke, Zhane Brown, Angelina Botticelli, Hazel Royer and Krystal Banfield.

EAST ORANGE, NJ — On Aug. 6, East Orange student Malachi Lewis received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music before a celebratory concert. He is a drummer. 

The Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert was emceed by Kameron Whalum, a member of Bruno Mars’ band The Hooligans; the scholarship presentation came at the end of Berklee’s Aspire: Five-Week Summer Performance Program, which included 89 students attending 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 instruction to youth from underserved communities at no or low cost.

Lewis, a drummer, is one of nine four-year, full-tuition scholarship recipients from the college and Berklee City Music.