Fiona Asiedu started a petition to help cover the costs of her Masters degree at Harvard University in the US
Stormzy has made one fan’s dreams come closer to reality after donating £9,000 to help fund her course at Harvard University.
South London student Fiona Asiedu started a Crowdfunding page in a bid to raise the £12,000 she needed to complete a Masters degree in human development and psychology at the famed US institute, after completing her undergrad in experimental psychology at the University of Oxford.
“As a young black woman, from an inner city, working class background, this is such an amazing opportunity," she said alongside her petition, which is called #SW2Harvard .
"Ultimately, I believe that this will encourage young people from similar backgrounds to aspire for greatness and reach their full potential! I really do hope that I am able to make my vision into a reality WITH YOUR HELP!”
But she had no idea the plea for help would reach grime superstar Stormzy ’s attention or go viral after he pledged a generous £9,000 to help Fiona reach her target.
Stormzy saw Fiona’s request when a friend of the student’s sent him a tweet asking if he’d be able to help with the fundraising – Stormzy replied by not only retweeting the appeal but also dipping into his own pocket.
Although it appears he tried to remain incognito, pledging his £9,000 under an anonymous name, it was clear to Fiona who her mystery donor was and she couldn’t be more grateful.
Fiona's thrilled friend, who shared the initial Crowdfunding link online, reached out to Stormzy with an offer of thanks he couldn’t refuse – dinner for two at Nando’s!
“Let me take you to Nando’s for a thank you chicken because this is all you,” she told Stormzy, after Fiona confirmed she’d reached her fundraising target.
“Deal!” he replied.
Fiona then returned to her Crowdfunder page to say after “overwhelming response” she had upped her target to £14,000, and anything raised above that would be put towards a foundation she wants to set up supporting black British students from low income families attending Oxford or Harvard.
Stormzy isn't the first celebrity to help fund a fan's education this year.
In April, model Chrissy Teigen shocked a US student by paying $6,000 to cover her beauty school costs after coming across Mercedes Edney's petition online.
Chrissy's donation was posted to the crowdfunding page with the message: “I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfil your dream!”
"THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! @ chrissyteigen I don't even know how else to thank you right now," wrote Mercedes in return.
"Thank you so much! I am on the phone with my mom and sister and telling them. I love you and I appreciate you. You can never know how much this means to me. I am going to the school tomorrow to pay it!"
Chrissy replied: "I'm really excited for you to live out your passion."