Stormzy: Oxford University denies rejecting grime star's scholarship for black students

Angelo Anderson
November 9, 2018

Over the summer we reported that Stormzy was founding a scholarship to enable two Black students for 2018 and 2019 intake to go to Cambridge university fully funded.

Dan Hancox, who has written a book about the story of grime, was at the event in London on Wednesday.

This article has been updated with Oxford University's response.

Explaining why he wanted to launch the scholarship, he said he wanted to find the "genius and incredible minds" within the "badly behaved kids".

Stormzy previously said about the scholarship, "That is something I take personal pride in". 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".

The claim was received with shock by both the audience, and people on social media later on.


Latest figures showed the proportion of black and minority ethnic students among those from the United Kingdom was 17.9%.

However, the claim made by Stormzy - who appeared at the event with fellow rapper and author Akala, poet Benjamin Zephaniah and author Malorie Blackman - has been refuted by Oxford University with the institution claiming they had "not received or turned down any offer" regarding the undergraduate scholarships. 'Must be getting too big for your boots'. "We have not received or turned down any offer or proposal to fund undergraduate scholarships at Oxford", a spokesperson said.

"We recognise the importance of Stormzy's support and share his ambition in encouraging more black students to take up university education".

'Oxford: Get Lost, Stormzy.

In a statement, the university said: "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'.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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