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Cowrie Scholarship Foundation would love to hear from others who share our vision to train the next generation of Black British students.

Professor Richard OC Oreffo


I believe finance should not be a barrier to education or opportunity. I have been fortunate to have experienced the advantages provided by education, with degrees from the University of Liverpool and University of Oxford, followed by research in America and Oxford.

For the last 20+ years, I have been an academic at the University of Southampton, a leading Russell Group University.

Knowledge is power is a cliché but also true. Education is something you cannot take away from someone.

Richard Oreffo, founder of The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation
“I want the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to equip the next generation of young Black individuals with the education to make a difference in their lives, our lives and the world.”