Stormzy claims Oxford University rejected his scholarship idea

Lewis Collier
November 9, 2018

Stormzy has said Oxford University turned down his offer to fund scholarships for black students, leading him to take his proposal to Cambridge.

The grime artist, 25, told an audience at London's Barbican Centre on Wednesday that Oxford bosses rejected a fund for four places over two years.

Stormzy revealed at a book launch this week that he had approached Oxford with the offer of a full-funded scholarship programme for black students but "they didn't want to get involved".

According to spectators, Stormzy was forced to pitch the scholarship initiative to Cambridge University after his Oxford bid was graciously rejected.

The Stormzy scholarships will go to four students over two years.

The Blinded By Your Grace hitmaker wants to find the "genius and incredible minds" in the "badly behaved kids" and believes their journey should be documented.

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Announcing his scholarship, Stormzy said: "If you're academically brilliant, don't think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn't possible". It's a great program for Cambridge, since the university has been criticized for a lack of diversity among its student body, but the school wasn't the first one offered the program. "Now I am in this position I want to do something for them".

"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.

There has been no public response to Oxford's denial from Stormzy.

In a statement on Twitter, Oxford said: "We have not received or turned down a proposal for student support from Stormzy and have been speaking to his team this morning to establish what happened".

"Oxford University is committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds".

"We have contacted to Stormzy's representatives today to clarify we would welcome the opportunity to work together on inspiring students from African-Caribbean heritage to study at Oxford". 'Must be getting too big for your boots'.

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