Stormzy Says Oxford University Rejected His Scholarship Program For Black Students

Lawrence Kim
November 9, 2018

Stormzy has accused Oxford University of rejecting his offer to fund two scholarships for black British students, a proposal which has since been taken forward by Cambridge University.

The grime artist further detailed his account of the story during a speaking engagement at the Barbican Centre in London.

"We tried Oxford but they didn't want to get involved", Stormzy said.

Dan Hancox added: 'Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?!

The scholarship will pay for tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course.

Stormzy himself will fund one scholarship, with the second being funded by Youtube Music.

Announcing his scholarship, Stormzy said: "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". Cambridge University inevitably chose to accept Stormzy's bid, and so began the ensuing media sh*tstorm, especially after the rapper shared the news with the thousands in attendance. The scholarship will fund two students this year and two in 2019.

In a statement, the university said: "Oxford University is committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds".

Newsbeat has contacted the rapper's representatives for a comment.

"We recognise the importance of Stormzy's support and share his ambition in encouraging more black students to take up university education". It shows their complacency and how out of touch it has become on this issue. "We will be continuing to the push the University for an explanation for this error".

According to The Guardian, "An Oxford University spokesperson acknowledged that Stormzy had been in contact but said that at the time it was unclear what the proposal was".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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