Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus Rashford, will receive an honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester later this summer.
The university announced this on Wednesday on its website.
The award is the highest honour the University can bestow and the England striker is getting it for his remarkable campaign against child poverty off the field and outstanding sporting achievements on the pitch.
“At just 22 years old he will be the youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester.
“The University, like Marcus, has social responsibility at its core and has given such awards to Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, sharing a long history with the club that Marcus is now a part of.
“Rashford is already a key player for club and country, but his ongoing charity work has seen him make headlines on both the front and back pages in recent weeks,” the statement read.
Rashford said: “It’s a proud day for me and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to The University of Manchester.”
During the lockdown, Rashford, from Wythenshawe in Manchester, teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity, FareShare. The collaboration has led to £20 million raised in financial and food donations enabling 3.9 million meals to be distributed to the country’s most vulnerable every week during the Global COVID-19 pandemic.