Stormzy Is Funding Two More Cambridge Students Through University
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Stormzy has announced he will pay for two more black undergraduate students to attend Cambridge University.
The grime artist - who became the first black UK artist to headline Glastonbury this summer - will pay the tuition fees and maintenance grants of the students from September throughout their entire course.
Part of the Stormzy Scholarship, which funded the studies of two black Cambridge students for the first time last year (2018), the project aims to support people from minority backgrounds who have earned a place at the prestigious university.
Overall, the scheme is one part of the university’s efforts to try and address the relatively low number of minority ethnic students in attendance on its courses.
So far Stormzy has been funding the cost of the scholarships himself, however it’s hoped other funding methods can be found in to continue and broaden the programme with the help of outside investors, reports the Guardian.
The identities of the students supported by the scheme have been kept secret to ensure they have a normal life during their studies, although apparently Stormzy keeps track of their academic progress - so no missing those 9am Friday morning lectures guys!
Earlier this week Stormzy singled out an east London school for praise after 100 pupils there achieved straight As in their A-levels.
After the school tweeted of an ‘absolutely electric’ atmosphere after the record results, Stormzy tweeted: “I don’t even know where Brampton Manor is but my kids will be going there.”
Almost all 41 students from the school who gained places at Oxford and Cambridge are from minority ethnic backgrounds and half were on free school meals.
The school’s head of sixth form, Sam Dobin, said: “We are really, really proud of our students. They have worked so hard, they’re very talented and we’re delighted for them.
“This means a lot to them and it doesn’t come through chance, it comes through hour after hour of really hard work and determination.”
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