Ever proving that he's one of the most grateful and giving artists in music, Stormzy has recently announced that he has launched a scholarship to send black students to Cambridge University.
Starting with two students this year, the 25-year-old rapper will fund their tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course.
Heading to his old school in south London on A-Level results day, he explained that the Stormzy Scholarship will allow 2 students to apply. Fully self-funded by the musician, the bursary aims to improve diversity at the university, which has an unfortunately unrepresentative campus: in fact, only 40 black students out of 2210 places went to Cambridge last year, and only 35 to Oxford.
I am very very very proud to announce the launch of my new scholarship “The Stormzy Scholarship” in partnership with Cambridge University. With this scholarship we will be funding and covering the full tuition and maintenance for 2 black students this year and 2 black students in 2019 to study at Cambridge University. We as a minority are still heavily under represented at the top universities and I pray this scholarship serves as a reminder that we are more than capable of studying at places of this caliber. Congratulations to all the A-Level students getting their results today, be proud of yourselves despite what you got and overstand that this is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come! This is my proudest venture thus far and I look forward to seeing some young black geniuses go on to achieve at Cambridge via this scholarship. @cambridgeuniversity www.cam.ac.uk/stormzyscholarship for all info. Applications close on Thursday 30th August! #StormzyScholarship ❤️🙏🏿💪🏿
Stormzy explained “There are so many young black kids all over the country who have the level of academic excellence to study at a university such as Cambridge – however we are still under represented at leading universities. We, as a minority, have so many examples of black students who have excelled at every level of education throughout the years. I hope this scholarship serves as a small reminder that if young black students wish to study at one of the best universities in the world, then the opportunity is yours for the taking – and if funding is one of the barriers, then we can work towards breaking that barrier down”
The HUNGER #12 cover star told BBC Breakfast that “if you’re academically brilliant don’t think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn’t possible.” Describing the positivity he experienced at his school, Stormzy explained that not all black students are as encouraged to reach academic heights as he was: “When students are young, academically brilliant and getting great grades, they should know that’s an option.”
Applicants for this year’s Stormzy Scholarship must be of black ethnicity and already have an offer to study at Cambridge starting this October. The application deadline is 30th August 2018, for more information and to apply, click here.
16 August 2018