Stormzy is giving black students £18k a year to study at Cambridge uni
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The successful recipients will be awarded £18,000 each for the 2018/2019 year (this includes the £9,250 tuition fee). The scheme was announced by the British rapper on A-level results day at his former school in Croydon, South London. Cambridge University has previously been criticised for admitting very few black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) students, enrolling only 58 black students in 2017. In addition, The Financial Times found that some Cambridge colleges enrolled no black students between 2012 and 2016. In June, the university requested help from schools and parents to increase the number of black applicants to Cambridge University courses.
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
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However, an overwhelming number of students have responded positively to the news of the scheme.
I’m so confuseddddd Stormzy sending two black students to Cambridge university and everyone is rating it! People are forgetting there are poor white, Asian, Indian, South American, North African man in the hood!— Mr 304 (@roundi304) August 16, 2018
Without bursaries/scholarships etc, I would not have been able to go to uni. And I know so many other similar stories from other black people. So what Stormzy is doing, SO IMPORTANT!— JALÉ-KAPO (@jalekapo) August 16, 2018
how on earth is stormzy offering a scholarship to black students to go oxbridge controversial.......... how is it radical in any way to acknowledge THE HUGE racial disparities at the country’s top unis?? is this a joke???— jessa kids (@echidner) August 16, 2018
Apply to the Stormzy Scholarship here
Asians crying “what about us” please go to Amir Khan, Tej Lalvani and the likes but leave Stormzy alone pls, he’s busy.— Eniola (@kingeniola) August 16, 2018