Stormzy claims Oxford University rejected his scholarship offer for black students


LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Stormzy attends the European Premiere of 'Black Panther' at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Stormzy announced his Stormzy Scholarship with the University of Cambridge (Picture: WireImage)

Stormzy recently made headlines after announcing his plans to fund two black British students scholarships to the University of Cambridge.

And the Big For Your Boots rapper has now claimed Oxford University didnt want to get involved with his proposal.

Speaking at Londons Barbican, during the launch of his book, Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far, the 25-year-old reportedly told the crowd: We tried Oxford but they didnt want to get involved.

Tonight at the Barbican Stormzy revealed that the much-discussed scholarship he's funding at Cambridge Uni was first proposed to Oxford University, and they told him to get lost?! Incredible.

— dan hancox (@danhancox) November 7, 2018

He also revealed the reason he decided to set up the scholarships in the first place – because he wanted to unlock the genius inside badly behaved kids.

The Guardian states he said: That is something I take personal pride in. I am always very inspired by that genius and … people who are smarter than me.

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Now I am in this position I want to do something for them.

The Shut Up rapper was applauded after confirming his Stormzy Scholarship earlier this year, which will pay for tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course at Cambridge.

He is hoping more investors can eventually become part of the scheme, which will enable more lives to be changed.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Joanne Davidson/SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock (8879132aa) Stormzy performs on The Other Stage Glastonbury Festival, Day 4, UK - 24 Jun 2017
Stormzy announced his initiative earlier this year (Picture: Rex)

Discussing his initiative, he told BBC News: Its so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre.

Were a minority, the playing ground isnt level for us and its vital that all potential students are given the same opportunity.

As well as this, he has also created a publishing imprint, to help young writers become published authors.

Is there nothing he wont do to help?

In a post on his Instagram page, the star explained: Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books, a publishing imprint in collaboration with Penguin Random House @penguinukbooks We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors,

I know too many talented writers that dont always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal.

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Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world.

He continued: Proper proud of this! Well be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but Ill keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019!

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The first book to be released under the imprint will be “Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far” out November 1st and available for pre order now (The link is in my bio!).

Stormzy for Prime Minister, anyone?

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Oxford University and Stormzy for a comment.

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