Earlier this year, Stormzy teamed with Cambridge University to fund a scholarship for a pair of black students where he’d pay for their tuition fees in full. During an event in promotion of his newly released book on Wednesday, the grime artist told the audience that he tried to propose the same scholarship to Oxford University, but they refused his offer, according to The Guardian.
“We tried Oxford, but they didn’t want to get involved,” Stormzy said to the crowd in attendance during the event’s Q&A portion. An Oxford University spokesperson confirmed that they had been in contact with the 25-year-old but denied that there was any offer ever on the table.
“Oxford University is committed to widening access and participation for all students from under-represented backgrounds,” read the University’s reported statement. “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.”
Oxford also stated they would welcome the opportunity to work alongside Stormzy in the future. “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,” they concluded.
The “Shut Up” rapper wants to inspire the underrepresented youth to know they can attend schools of this caliber. “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,” he later relayed to the audience.
Billboard has reached out to Stormzy’s reps for comment.