Oxford University denies turning down Stormzy’s scholarship for black students offer

Last night Stormzy was reported to have said the scholarship he launched to help black British students attending Cambridge University was originally proposed for Oxford University, only for the idea to be rejected.

Oxford University have denied the claims, a spokesperson said they “admire Stormzy’s commitment” to higher education however they had “not received or turned down any offer.”

The Grime MC was appearing at the Barbican Centre in London to launch his new publishing imprint #MerkyBooks, in partnership with Penguin.

Journalist Dan Hancox, tweeted: “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.”

Oxford University said: “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 to 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.”

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