Stormzy and HSBC to fund 30 black students to study at Cambridge University

The grime star has already funded the study of six black students at the prestigious university

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Stormzy performs in the headline slot on the Pyramid Stage on day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. Glastonbury is the largest greenfield festival in the world, and is attended by around 175,000 people.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Stormzy has pledged to support a further 30 black students to study at Cambridge University.

The Stormzy Scholarship programme, which is run by the grime artist’s #Merky Foundation, has now partnered with HSBC UK to offer a £20,000 ($27,900) annual scholarship to 30 more students.

The funds will cover tuition fees and maintenance costs for 10 new students each year over the next three years.

The programme, which first launched in 2018, has supported six black students through their studies at Cambridge thus far. The first batch of graduates completed their courses this summer, graduating with a high 2:1 and a 2:1.

"For 30 more black students to have the opportunity to study at Cambridge University - the same year our initial 2018 scholars graduate - feels like an incredible milestone," Stormzy said.

The programme is open to UK students of black or mixed race heritage with a confirmed place at the university.

Senior pro-vice-chancellor, Professor Graham Virgo, said: "Since the Stormzy Scholarships were announced in 2018, we have seen a significant increase in the number of black students applying to study here and being admitted and we are very proud to see the first two students supported by the scheme graduate this year."

Updated: July 29th 2021, 3:30 PM
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