British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy, real name Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. has launched a scholarship scheme to fund tuition fees for two black students to go to the University of Cambridge this year.
He will also pay for two more students in 2019 including the provision of a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course, says the rapper who made the big announcement at his old school Harris City Academy in south London.
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 ❤️????
The scheme launched on the day A-level results were released comes months after the prestigious university was criticized for not admitting minority students, especially from the black race.
“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 25-year-old rapper who hasn’t attended university himself said.
“In school and college, I had the ability and was almost destined to go to one of the top universities. But that didn’t happen for myself … so hopefully, there’s another young black student out there that can have that opportunity through my scholarship,” he is quoted by the BBC.
“We’re going to have young black students who are academically brilliant and smashing it, and they should just have that opportunity to walk into a university like Cambridge,” he added.
The application deadline is August 30 and to be eligible, you have to be black and have an offer to study at Cambridge. A university panel will select the students from a list of applicants.