Stormzy funds the tuition fees of 30 black students
Rapper Stormzy gives back to his community in a major way. According to BBC, it is partnering with the HSBC UK banking group to provide scholarships to 30 black students studying at Cambridge University. The outlet noted that each of the students will receive £ 20,000 per year to study at the university.
Stormzy is offering these new scholarships through its #Merky Foundation and in partnership with HSBC UK. These scholarships will cover the tuition and maintenance costs of the selected students. The BBC said the funds will be given to 10 new students each year over the next three years. This is an impressive development for the Stormzy scholarship program, which was first launched in 2018. The rapper’s scholarship program has helped six black students since its launch. Two students who have received the Stormzy scholarship in the past graduated this summer. They would graduate from Cambridge University with high marks.
“For 30 more black students to have the opportunity to study at the University of Cambridge – the same year our first 2018 scholars graduate – it’s an incredible milestone,” Stormzy said of the latest news. He added, “I hope this scholarship will continue to serve as a little reminder to young black students that the opportunity to study at one of the best universities in the world is theirs.” Stormzy’s scholarship program is open to black students of Métis descent. Students must also have a confirmed place at the University of Cambridge to be eligible for this program.
Professor Graham Virgo, who is the University of Cambridge’s Senior Vice Chancellor, spoke about the news and praised the program for providing more opportunities for black students at their institution. The professor noted that this scholarship goes beyond the program itself, as it has encouraged even more students to apply to college in the first place. He said: “Since the announcement of the Stormzy scholarships in 2018, we have seen a significant increase in the number of black students applying to study here and admitted and we are very proud to see the first two students supported by the program graduate this year. ”Virgo added that the university is“ confident ”that some of those who received this scholarship and made this“ exciting journey ”could not have done so“ without the generous support of philanthropists like Stormzy ”.