Stormzy has announced that he will cover the costs of more students to go to the University of Cambridge.
Open to black students only, the grime artist will pay the tuition and living costs of two more students from September, after he did the same for the first time last year.
The Stormzy scholarship is designed to address the disproportionately low number of ethnic minorities as universities such as Cambridge.
Only 61 black students enrolled at Cambridge last academic year – the largest number so far, but this is still significantly lower than other universities.
Stormzy said: “There are so many young black kids all over the country who have the level of academic excellence to study at a university such as Cambridge.
“However we are still under-represented at leading universities. We, as a minority, have so many examples of black students who have excelled at every level of education throughout the years.
“I hope this scholarship serves as a small reminder that if young black students wish to study at one of the best universities in the world, then the opportunity is yours for the taking – and if funding is one of the barriers, then we can work towards breaking that barrier down.”
The Glastonbury headliner is personally funding the scholarship costs, but it is hoped outside investors will help fund the future of the programme.
For this academic year, the total awarded to each student is £18,000.
Stormzy also keeps track of the students’ academic progress throughout their time at university.
Despite achieving six A*s, three As and three Bs at GCSE, the 26-year-old never attended university and instead focused on his music career.
Cambridge vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Toope said: “Stormzy is an inspiration, not just for his music but for his engagement on social issues and encouragement of young people.
“He has achieved great success in his career, but recognises that this was at the expense of his studies and the option of a place at a top university.
“He wants to inspire talented young black people who have their sights set on university to follow their dreams.
“The scholarships are a beacon for black students who might otherwise have felt they could not come to Cambridge.”
He added: “We know we need to work harder to ensure that black students not only apply to study at the university, but that they feel at home here and achieve their full potential.”
You can find more information on applying here .
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