The scholarships, which are non-repayable, will cover the full cost of tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant, which will significantly reduce the need for awardees to take out government or commercial loans. This support will be available to recipients for up to four years of undergraduate study.
For 2018-19, the total award to each student for the year will be worth £18,000. Speaking on the scholarship, 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 University of Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, said about the 25 year old’s award: ‘’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.’’
Last year, 58 new black students arrived to take up their courses at Cambridge, the largest number ever but not nearly as many as we would like. 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.'
To be eligible for a Stormzy Scholarship, applicants must:
Be of 'Black African', 'Black Caribbean', or 'Black Other' ethnicity.
Have a confirmed place for entry to the University of Cambridge, and due to commence study in October 2018.
Have been assessed for fee status as a 'home' student. You were advised of your fee status in the offer letter issued to you earlier this year. If you are in doubt, please contact the Cambridge College that has accepted you.
Have applied to Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, and have received confirmation that they have been assessed and will receive full financial support.