CAMDEN, NJ — Toj’Mere Cordy of Camden became one of seven receptions to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

Berklee City Music, a non-profit, honored Cordy — the only recipient hailing from the Garden State — and the other winners with a virtual ceremony and concert Aug. 11. 

"This scholarship is a beacon of light that will make a way for me to move on to greater and better things," Cordy, 19, who specializes in electric bass, told TAPinto Camden. "It's a chance to ensure victory for not only myself but also my community as a whole.”

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Cordy attended Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy for high school.

The concert and scholarship presentation took place at the end of Berklee's "Aspire: Five Week Music Performance Intensive" program.

Berklee City Music works to provide free and low-cost high-quality contemporary music education to youth from underserved communities throughout the world. The network in which the organization operates within 47 community organizations serving over 53,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Latin America each year.

"Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded 273 four-year, full-tuition scholarships totaling more than $20 million," the non-profit said in a statement.

This year's Berklee City Music students also included the following: 

  • Sebastian Medina, Hyde Park, Massachusetts
  • David Nkrumah, Antioch, Tennessee
  • Nayelly Rodriguez Baez, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Vance Spina, Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Shantel Teixeira, Dorchester, Massachusetts

2020 City Music J. Curtis Warner Jr. Scholarship recipient: 

  • Kayla Arthur, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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