Hot off the heels of his announcement that he will be launching a publishing imprint, #Merky Books, with Penguin Random House, Stormzy has announced today (August 16) details of a new scholarship program which will help fund tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course.
The new program will go towards supporting two black British students to go to the Univeirsity of Cambridge. Speaking on the scholarship, the multiple MOBO Award winner said:
"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 rapper will fund two students this year and two in 2019. Also backed by YouTube Music, Stormzy will fund one scholarship this year, while the other will be funded by YouTube Music - who pledged support after hearing of Stormzy's plan, BBC News reports.
"We're a minority, the playing ground isn't level for us and it's vital that all potential students are given the same opportuntiy."
To be eligible for this year's Stormzy Scholarship, applicants must be of black ethnicity and have an offer to study at Cambridge. The application deadline is 30 August. For the 2019 entry to Cambridge, students need to apply through Ucas by 15 October. Students will be selected from a list of applicants by a panel of university staff.
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