Earlier this 12 months, Stormzy teamed with Cambridge University to fund a scholarship for a pair of black college students the place he'd pay for his or her tuition charges in full. During an occasion in promotion of his newly launched ebook on Wednesday, the grime artist informed the viewers that he tried to suggest the identical scholarship to Oxford University, however they refused his supply, based on The Guardian.
“We tried Oxford, however they didn’t need to become involved,” Stormzy stated to the gang in attendance through the occasion's Q&A portion. An Oxford University spokesperson confirmed that they'd been in touch with the 25-year-old however denied that there was any supply ever on the desk.
"Oxford University is dedicated to widening entry and participation for all college students from under-represented backgrounds," learn the University's reported assertion. "We admire Stormzy's dedication to encourage and assist black college students to reach greater training. We haven't obtained or turned down any supply or proposal to fund undergraduate scholarships at Oxford."
Oxford additionally said they might welcome the chance to work alongside Stormzy sooner or later. "We have contacted Stormzy's representatives as we speak to make clear we'd welcome the chance to work collectively on inspiring college students from African-Caribbean heritage to check at Oxford," they concluded.
The "Shut Up" rapper desires to encourage the underrepresented youth to know they'll attend faculties of this caliber. "That is one thing I take private satisfaction in. I'm at all times very impressed by that genius and people who find themselves smarter than me. Now, I'm on this place I need to do one thing for them," he later relayed to the viewers.
Billboard has reached out to Stormzy's reps for remark.