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Marcus Rashford to be awarded honorary doctorate for forcing government U-turn

July 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

(CNN)Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is to become the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester, awarded in recognition of his campaign against child poverty in the UK and for his sporting exploits on the pitch.

In June, Rashford successfully pressured the UK government to reverse its decision to not extend free school meal vouchers throughout the summer holidays for children from low-income families.

"It's a proud day for myself and my family," Rashford told the Manchester United website.

Thank you to The University of Manchester. "

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The award is the highest honor the university can bestow and has previously been received by Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.

The 22-year-old then started his campaign by writing an open letter to lawmakers about his own personal experience of using food banks as a child, before asking the government to extend free school meal vouchers after the school year had ended.

"Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field," Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Manchester, said.

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