Doreen Montalvo 'Do It Anyway' Scholarship

The 'Do It Anyway' Scholarship is in honor of artist and RL community leader Doreen Montalvo. We are proud to offer this $1,000 scholarship and reward an individual who is dedicated to the arts, pursuing their dreams, and uplifting those around them.

A little girl from the Bronx, rooted in her Puerto Rican culture and determined to make Broadway her home, Doreen never stopped following her dreams. She​ ​changed many lives through her art, through her mesmerizing voice and through her unending light.

The voice behind some of Broadway’s greatest songs, Doreen Montalvo, was an ardent supporter of our mission. Doreen ​was always available for anyone who needed help and she was always willing to share her talents. ​A champion of R.Evolución Latina from day one, she lifted up each artist, supporting the dream of making a difference through art, empowering the Latinx community and did it all with constant joy. For 12 years, Doreen taught acting & singing at RL’s Children’s Performing Arts Camp. Every year it was clear she loved and inspired the campers and they loved her.

At the age of 44, she made her Broadway debut as part of the Original Broadway Company (OBC) of ​In The Heights.​ She went on to perform in the OBC of ​On Your Feet!, The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan a​nd ​Mrs. Doubtfire​, and graced the screen in TV shows like ​Law and Order, Madame Secretary, The Good Wife.​ Her light will forever live on in the upcoming films ​In The Heights ​and ​West Side Story.

The Doreen Montalvo Scholarship is not only a financial award, but also a mutual ​commitment from R.Evolución Latina to nurture ​and the recipien​t to continue to dare to go beyond as they work toward their dreams. The Selection Committee will select the recipient not only on the​ basis of their past accomplishments, but also on character, leadership, and desire to enrich their art and the art of those around them.


The four criteria for each applicant are as follows:
–Artists who are at least 30 years old (​DOB on or before 4/30/1994)
-Pursuing a career in the performing arts
-Qualified members of a principal minority group (​Latina/Latino/​Hispanic, African-American, American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander)
-Desire to grow as an artist

Scholarship Details​:

-Serve as a leader to fellow artists, you and RL Team Events
-Performance opportunities (Concerts, Media/Press Events, Productions, etc.)
-Partnership to create further work

-Essay (100 words) describing why you should be considered
-Headshot & Resume
-Video and/or Audio of past performances or work. (Include a variety of your repertoire)

The application for this scholarship closed on April 30th, 2024. Stay tuned for next year's scholarship opportunities.

Selection Committee


Jaime Lozano

Musical Theater Composer, Arranger, and Orchaestrator

Jenn Gambatese

Broadway Performer, Singer, and Teacher

Luis Salgado

Director, Choreographer, and Producer

Rosie Lani Fiedelman

Broadway Performer, Choreographer, and Teacher

Past Recipients


Lillian Andrea de León

2023 DMS Scholarship Winner

Amy Lizardo

2022 DMS Scholarship Winner

Francisca Muñoz

2021 DMS Scholarship Winner

Rebekkah Vega-Romero

2023 DMS Honoree
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Justin Wing-Timm Yu

2022 DMS Honoree

Monica Ho

2021 DMS Winner

Celeste Lanuza

2023 DMS Honoree

Amanda Raquel Martinez

2022 DMS Honoree

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