Ilford’s Kesiah named first recipient of Cowrie scholarship


4:27 PM Oct 12, 2021

A student from Ilford was selected as the first recipient of a scholarship that was offered to provide opportunities to talented black British students.


19-year-old Kiziah Jakby began her studies in journalism this month at the University of Leicester, funded by the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF).

As a pupil at Palmer’s Catholic Academy in Seven Kings, Caesia achieved three at A-level, despite the impact of the pandemic.


She said, “I always strive for perfection – I aim to be the best in everything I do, to prove to myself that I can do it.

“Having had a gap year, I decided journalism was the course for me: Leicester is one of the best, so it was the best decision I could make.

“In the media, racial minorities – especially blacks – are completely underrepresented, and I want to be in a place where I can accurately tell the stories of those groups that do not have the same level of representation, and work to make a change in the negative image of black people in certain areas of the media .

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“I really want to be the person that people look up to and think ‘I did, and so am I.'”

“I want to be a positive light in my chosen industry.”

Professor Richard Orivo, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Southampton and founder of CSF, said: “Higher education has the power to transform lives and, crucially, college attendance should not be restricted to race or social class, but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone in our community.

“We seek to transform the lives of disadvantaged black British students through education by addressing a significant barrier: the financial cost of university education. Together with the University of Leicester, this new partnership will transform lives.”

CSF aims to fund 100 black British students through UK universities in the next decade.

As part of the program, the university offers a full tuition waiver and academic support to successful postgraduate applicants, with the institution making a significant contribution to maintenance and living costs.

The charity aims to raise £500,000 to support the first tier of students.


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