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.
The footballer’s foundation will financially support 14 students to attend either Manchester or King’s College London universities hoping it would improve social mobility.
The first four scholarships will be available for students commencing degree programs in 2023/24.
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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.
Sterling said he hopes this initiative will be a real game changer over the next few years and his delighted to be working with two of the finest universities in the world.
He wished the recipients of the funding all the very best and looks forward to meeting them on campus in Manchester and London later this year.