Midori & Friends established the Maureen Guthman Memorial Scholarship for the NEXTGen Teen Musician program in remembrance of Maureen Guthman, a senior executive at BET Networks producer and leader in the media industry. This scholarship will carry the memory of Maureen’s commitment to seeing people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ people represented in entertainment. 

As Board Chair of Midori & Friends, I am proud to support a scholarship that empowers and uplifts the next generation of musicians and underscores the legacy of Maureen Guthman. By investing in their education, we are not only cultivating artistic talent, but also fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of the transformative power of music,” states Howard Sendrovitz, Chair, Board of Directors. 

The 2023 Maureen Guthman Memorial Scholarship recipient is Ibrahima Guisse, a senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Ibrahima is a classical and flamenco guitarist and has also studied the trumpet, djembe, viola, and berimbau.