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News: February 2018
Rare Rising Stars turns 10: The search is on


It’s one of our favourite times of year at Rare - over the next few months, we’ll be privy to stories of excellence, resilience and ingenuity as we learn about the nominees for our annual Rare Rising Stars awards. 

2018 marks a decade since we launched Rare Rising Stars, a celebration of the UK’s best black students.  Each year, we launch a nationwide search for young black people who have excelled in their chosen field. Past Stars include Dr Melvin Mezue, a neuroscientist and co-founder of a youth-led productions company; Chibundo Onuzo, a novelist who is the youngest ever woman to receive a publishing deal from Faber & Faber; and Ndakuna Fonsa Amidou, an engineer who worked full-time as a nurse to fund his engineering degree, graduating with a first before setting up a successful rural healthcare clinic in his native Cameroon.

2017’s #1 Star, Junior Smart, is a former gang member who set up an award-winning charity that is now the largest ex-offender led project in the UK. Since founding the SOS Gangs Project, Junior has achieved a first class undergraduate degree, a distinction in his master’s and is now focused on a PhD researching families and gangs.

Sharing the accomplishments of the Stars, often achieved in challenging circumstances, allows a broader audience a little taster of what we experience through our work with Rare candidates: outstanding individuals who inspire and uplift their communities through their actions.

Nominate a Rare Rising Star by visiting the website here.

Application deadline: 1st April 2018, 23:59.



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