Following the launch of the Stormzy Scholarship last year, we are pleased to announce that Stormzy is this year offering two scholarships to black UK students who are admitted to the University of Cambridge in autumn 2019.
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 2019-20 the total award to each student for the year will be worth £18,000. Receipt of this award will not affect eligibility for a Cambridge Bursary.
‘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, says:
‘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, 61 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:
Have one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other)
Have a confirmed place for entry to the University of Cambridge for a first undergraduate degree, and due to commence study in October 2019. (You can check the status of your offer on UCAS Track at https://track.ucas.com/.)
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 offered you a place.)
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. An income assessment must have been conducted and consent given to share the information with the University.
The application process for the scholarship is as follows:
First of all, check your eligibility to apply. The panel will not consider any applications that do not meet eligibility criteria, and awards may be withdrawn if applicants are later found not to have met eligibility criteria or to have provided false information.
You can make an application using the online application form which is available between 15 August 2019 and 1 September 2019. You will need to provide the following pieces of information:
Your full name, as provided on your UCAS form, and date of birth
Your UCAS Personal ID (the ten digit number you get when you register to UCAS Apply. You can find this on UCAS correspondence addressed to you)
Confirmation that you have applied, been assessed for and expect to be in receipt of the maximum level of support from the government through Student Finance (England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland) for tuition fees and maintenance loans and that you have provided consent to share your information with the University.
A personal statement of up to 2,500 characters, outlining how you would benefit from the award
Confirmation that you give us permission to use all of the above information and that provided through your application to the University of Cambridge and to Student Finance so that we can assess you for an award.
Applications must be submitted by no later than Sunday 1 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
Applications will be ranked using:
household income data provided by you to Student Finance
indicators of higher education participation and socio-economic disadvantage based on the school you attended and the postcode in which you live, which will be drawn from your UCAS application
your personal statement
The selection panel will then take a final decision on which two students will receive the award. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome by the end of September.