The Stormzy Scholarship: "The opportunity is yours for the taking"

Why the UK grime star and philanthropist is funding two more students to attend Cambridge University
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The Stormzy Scholarship: "The opportunity is yours for the taking"

2019 will always be known as the Summer of Stormzy. After becoming the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury with an iconic and inspiring set that highlighted social injustice and the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system - while wearing a stab vest daubed with the Union Flag by Banksy - he's now funding two more students to attend Cambridge University, thanks to the Stormzy Scholarship.

Now in its second year, the non-repayable Stormzy Scholarship will be offered to two black UK students who have already won places to start the University of Cambridge in autumn 2019 covering the full cost of tuition fees and providing a maintenance grant to support the recipients for up to four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship is worth £18,000 [Dhs80,000] per student, the cost of which Stormzy is covering himself. 

According to Stormzy, "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."

Professor Stephen Toope, The University of Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor adds, "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."

To be eligible for the Stormzy Scholarship, according to the selection criteria, students need to be either: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (which includes Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other), plus have a confirmed place for entry to the University of Cambridge for a first undergraduate degree, and due to commence study in October 2019. Applications must be submitted by 1 September 2019. Apply now

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