Raheem Sterling, the English football star, has pledged to fund the university education of 14 underprivileged students of black, African and Caribbean heritage. The move comes in response to a recent study that revealed fewer than 5% of students starting degrees at the UK’s top 24 universities were black. Sterling will finance seven students each at The University of Manchester and King’s College London, both members of the elite Russell Group, over the next three years. The scholarships are available to young people in Greater Manchester and London. Sterling said he hoped the initiative would be a “real game changer”.