I’m blinded by your grace
Stormzy is just a lovely guy really, isn’t he? Having set upon the task of giving more young people the chance to make their mark on the publishing world with #Merky books he’s now making sure more people have the chance to go to Cambridge.
Visiting his old school in south London on A-level results day, he announced that he’s set up a Stormzy Scholarship which will pay tuition fees and maintenance grants for up to four years of an undergraduate course. Two students will be able to apply to the scheme, which is entirely self-funded by the musician. For those who aren’t yet at the university stage, there will be two more chances next year too.
“It's so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100 per cent be an option to attend a university of this calibre,” the Gang Signs and Prayer rapper said to the BBC. “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.”
Stormzy is doing the most.— B (@TweetsByBilal) August 16, 2018
There is genuinely no way I would have been able to go to Cambridge without bursary support & it’s individuals like him who make that possible.
Prestigious Oxbridge universities have a particularly dire record for diversity. A report by Labour MP David Lammy found that 80 per cent of university places go to wealthy applicants. In 2017, Business Insider found that only 40 black students were accepted out of 2,210 places to Cambridge, and only 35 black students were accepted out of 2,210 at Oxford.
That’s why to be eligible for this year's Stormzy Scholarship, applicants must be of black ethnicity, but they must already have an offer to study at Cambridge. The application deadline is August 30.
Budding writers can still submit their work to his Penguin publishing imprint here.