Oxford University Denies It Rejected Stormzy’s Scholarship Offering

“We have not received or turned down any offer or proposal to fund undergraduate scholarships at Oxford.”


Oxford University has hit back at claims made by Stormzy that they had rejected his scholarship offering.

The scholarship in question would see the musician provide funding for two black students to attend the university. The initiative has since been accepted by Cambridge University.

Stormzy was speaking at the Barbican in London, where he was launching his book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far.

“We tried Oxford but they didn’t want to get involved,” Stormzy said.

However Oxford University has since rejected claims that the grime artist had offered them any kind of proposal. Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat the university says it “admires” his commitment but it had not “received or turned down any offer or proposal”.

In a statement, the university said: “Oxford University is committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds.

“We admire Stormzy’s commitment to inspire and support black students to succeed in higher education.

“We have not received or turned down any offer or proposal to fund undergraduate scholarships at Oxford.”

“We have contacted 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.”

Stormzy announced the scholarship on A-level results day at his old school in south London.

“It’s so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre,” he said.

Describing the inspiration behind his scholarships, the musician said he wanted to find the “genius and incredible minds” within the “badly behaved kids”.

“That is something I take personal pride in. I am always very inspired by that genius and … people who are smarter than me. Now I am in this position I want to do something for them.”

Cambridge and Oxford have both been criticised for not admitting many black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students.

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