Following the launch of the Stormzy Scholarship in 2018, Cambridge have announced that Stormzy is offering two scholarships to black UK students who are admitted to the University of Cambridge in autumn 2019.
The scholarships are non-repayable, they will cover the full cost of tuition fees and come with a maintenance grant. Support will be available to recipients for up to four years of undergraduate study. For 2019-20 the total award to each student for the year will be worth £18,000. Receipt of this award does not affect eligibility for a Cambridge Bursary.
“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 University of Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, said:
“Stormzy is an inspiration, not just for his music but for his engagement on social issues and encouragement of young people. He has achieved great success in his career, but recognises that this was at the expense of his studies and the option of a place at a top university. He wants to inspire talented young black people who have their sights set on university to follow their dreams. The scholarships are a beacon for black students who might otherwise have felt they could not come to Cambridge”,
According University Cambridge , in 2018 61 new black students arrived to take up their courses at the University, which was the largest number ever but not as much as they would have liked.
“We know we need to work harder to ensure that black students not only apply to study at the university, but that they feel at home here and achieve their full potential.”
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