Top footballer launches scholarship fund for Black students

England and Chelsea star Raheem Sterling has launched a scholarship fund aimed at closing the gap in the number of Black British students who go to university, reports the BBC.

The footballer’s foundation will financially support 14 students to attend either Manchester or King's College London universities. The footballer said he hoped it would improve social mobility. The first four scholarships will be available for students commencing degree programmes in 2023/24.

It comes as King’s College London research showed in 2021/22, less than 5% of all UK students starting undergraduate degrees at Russell Group universities were Black. Government data also showed in the 2019/20 academic year only 8.7% of undergraduate students in the UK were Black.
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