Stormzy announces Cambridge scholarship for black students on A-level results day

Stormzy announces Cambridge scholarship for black students on A-level results day

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stormzy has announced a scholarship to fund two black British students to go to Cambridge University.

The grime artist revealed he’d be supporting two undergraduates this year, and two next year.

"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,” he said.

The Stormzy Scholarship will provide tuition fees and a maintenance grant for up to four years of study.

Earlier this year, Oxford and Cambridge universities were criticised for not admitting enough students from black and ethnic minority backgrounds (BAME).

At Oxford, the proportion of students admitted last year who identified as black and minority ethnic was 18% last year, up from 14% in 2013.

In 2017, there were over 12,500 applications to Oxford from UK students, but only 396 were black.

Cambridge said it admitted 58 black students last year.

Bilal Harry Khan, a mixed-race graduate of Cambridge University, wrote for talkRADIO that structural inequality exists “before the application process to top universities”.

“We’re [black and ethnic minority students] are often pigeonholed early on into careers in performing arts, sport or media – subjects not considered ‘academic’ enough by the elite institutions to offer courses in,” he wrote.

“If your school doesn’t offer you the support to achieve 3 A’s and an A* at A Level, then you’re discounted from the pool of potential candidates for Oxbridge before you’ve even finished your exams.”

"We're a minority, the playing ground isn't level for us and it's vital that all potential students are given the same opportunity,” continued Stormzy.

He didn’t do A-levels or go to university himself, but said in 2016 that he dreamed of studying political science at Oxford when he visited the university as a guest speaker.

To apply for Stormzy’s scholarship for this year, you must be black and have an offer from Cambridge University, and put in your application by August 30.