In August 2018, rapper Stormzy announced he was funding a scholarship for two black students attending Cambridge University. Called The Stormzy Scholarship, the program was received with open arms by the university, which has come under fire in the past for low levels of diversity among its students. Stormzy has now revealed, however, that Cambridge wasn't the first college he reached out to.
Apparently, before he found a home for The Stormzy Scholarship at Cambridge, he offered it to Oxford University, who rejected the idea.
According to the rapper:
"We tried Oxford but they didn't want to get involved."
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The Guardian reports that Oxford thought Stormzy's scholarship needed more development:
"An Oxford University spokesperson acknowledged that Stormzy had been in contact but said that at the time it was unclear what the proposal was. The university would welcome the chance to work with him, the spokesperson added."
You can read our full statement about the Stormzy scholarship below: https://t.co/U2T8t0GOwm— Oxford SU (@Oxford SU)1541685995.0
Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was firs… https://t.co/IRrXbnHQ1c— dan hancox (@dan hancox)1541633739.0
Stormzy has spoken about his scholarship in the past, saying it's a point of pride:
"That is something I take personal pride in. I am always very inspired by that genius and […] people who are smarter than me. Now [that] I am in this position I want to do something for them. […] 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."
Oxford has money from Cecil Rhodes still and statues of slavers and rooms named after war criminals but of course a… https://t.co/kPXqmP7ilb— BAHADUR BADMAN (@BAHADUR BADMAN)1541675025.0
Twitter users could believe Oxford turned down such a great opportunity to improve diversity on campus!
Stormzy: Can I sponsor some Scholarships for Black students who get the grades for Oxford? Oxford: Get Lost, Stor… https://t.co/kcAgPdXaed— David Lammy (@David Lammy)1541663080.0
@SkyNews This was a positive move from Stormzy 💕— 🏳️🌈🇺🇸🇪🇺Megan Marie (@🏳️🌈🇺🇸🇪🇺Megan Marie)1541711477.0
There are many individuals at Oxford who could have benefited greatly from Stormzy's help.
@NoisyMV @DavidLammy @UniofOxford @UKLabour How many talented youngsters have been lost to Oxbridge because they couldn't pay?— David Daniel Blake (@David Daniel Blake)1541664285.0
@morsels @DavidLammy @UniofOxford Because the plan is to attract additional investors to make sure the scholarship… https://t.co/wEoDp9SBdd— Nicholas Cage with a Moustache (@Nicholas Cage with a Moustache)1541666115.0
At least Cambridge had the good sense to take the rapper up on his offer.
@DavidLammy @UniofOxford Oxford always was more snobby then Cambridge...— Yvonne Dhanoon (@Yvonne Dhanoon)1541665964.0
@DavidLammy @UniofOxford Forgiving the fact that Cambridge will say Yes to anything Oxford said No to, I’m glad the… https://t.co/5630aNairs— Ben Thompson (@Ben Thompson)1541665179.0
Let's hope the next time Oxford has the chance to increase its diversity, it doesn't reject it out of hand.
This is pretty sad given the issue of diversity at #Oxbridge.....I can't even convince my daughter to consider them… https://t.co/MoylSGfdpo— Chibwe Henry (@Chibwe Henry)1541764224.0