Stormzy Is Offering Cambridge University Scholarships To Black Students
16 August 2018, 10:08 | Updated: 16 August 2018, 13:06
What a guy.
Stormzy has announced that he will be offering scholarships to Cambridge University for two black students.
The Grime MC will pay tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course through The Stormzy Scholarship Fund.
Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, will fund two students this year, with another two scholarships being offered in 2019.
The 25-year-old chart-topper announced the news at his old school, the Harris City Academy in Croydon, as this year's A-level students were opening their results.
Welcome back Stormzy! Thank you for coming back to celebrate with Harris students as they get their results. pic.twitter.com/HYIOaRRCoR— Harris Federation (@HarrisFed) August 16, 2018
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 ❤️🙏🏿💪🏿
"It's so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre," the rapper said of his new scheme.
"We're a minority, the playing ground isn't level for us and it's vital that all potential students are given the same opportunity."
In the past, Cambridge university has been criticised for its lack of diversity. Some colleges failed to admit any BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) students at all from 2012 to 2016.
“I was always reminded by my teachers that I was destined, if I wanted, to go down that road and study at one of the top universities," he said of his education.
Stormzy achieved six A* GCSEs, and later scored ABCDE at A-Level. During his 2016 lecture at Oxford University, he revealed that his teachers were actually pushing him to go to the prestigious university.
He told Harris City Academy students this morning, “I diverted and ended up doing music so it didn’t happen for me. I thought I was quite a rare case in that I knew that was possible."
“That’s not always the case. When students are young, academically brilliant and getting great grades, they should know that’s an option.”
Nice one, Stormz.