In addition to supporting brain tumor research, Carlos' Fund intends to provide scholarships to aspiring young musicians.

Carlos was an excellent student who couldn't pass up the opportunity to go to Caltech on a full scholarship. Caltech, known for its rigorous academic studies, focuses only on sciences such as engineering and chemistry. Carlos' true passion was his music, which he began to pursue in high school by taking lessons in guitar. Soon after, he taught himself the banjo as well. Close friends remember that Carlos was drawn to and was very passionate about artists Ben Harper and Bela Fleck and that he taught himself by listening to music rather than reading music. Carlos learned to appreciate all different types of music. He molded his technique listening to Bluegrass legends Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, classic blues artists John Lee Hooker and Muddy Water and pop music like the Beatles. While in college, Carlos continued to follow his passion and began to record his own music with the help of friends from Caltech. After his brain surgery Carlos decided to transfer to the University of Southern California to pursue his dream of music, but was unable to continue because of rigorous chemotherapy treatments.

The Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Fund has established two scholarship opportunities for those pursuing their dreams in music. The Carlos Baldoceda Senior Music Award and The Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Music Enrichment Award were initiated in 2006 and have been awarded to deserving young persons who share Carlos' passion.

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Past Recipients

The Carlos Baldoceda Senior Music Award

The Carlos Baldoceda Senior Music Award for 2009 went to Nick Ellman, a graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School who plays in a rock band and plays jazz music. Mr. Ellman used the scholarship to help purchase reeds, jazz literature, recordings and private lessons.

The Carlos Baldoceda Senior Music Award for 2006 went to Delna Weil, a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. Ms. Weil is not only a talented musician, but was also a skilled tennis player, and a volunteer at Hephzibah Children’s Association. Delna will be using her scholarship to continue her piano studies in college.

The Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Music Enrichment award

The Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Music Enrichment award for 2009 went to Charlie Cooper, a student at Oak Park River Forest HS who plays the pipe organ. He used his award to attend the 2009 summer music program at Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for for people with development disability and a love of music.

The Carlos Baldoceda Memorial Music Enrichment award for 2006 went to Jaime Martinez a graduate of Morton East High School. Jaime started studying piano only two years ago, but in that short time has been described as “gifted” by his teacher. He plans to use his scholarship to enhance his piano and theory skills and begin to learn jazz. He will be attending the College of Dupage in the fall.