Should P. Diddy’s Son Return $54,000 Merit-Based College Scholarship?
There has been much criticism flying around about Justin Combs and his merit-based scholarship to University of California Los Angeles. Sean ‘P. Diddy‘ Combs’ son is heading to college, but not on his father’s dime. It was announced last November that he’ll be attending UCLA on a full scholarship (alleged $54,000) to play football as a Bruin at the Division I school.
Many people are wanting Justin to give the money back because of wealthy financial status of his father. However, people have overlooked Justin’s accomplishments throughout high school. Justin graduated from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he carried a 3.75 GPA and was the Head of the African American Society. Even before he enrolled in UCLA in the fall of 2012, he had a very lucrative career playing football.
UCLA responded yesterday saying:
“There’s a misconception out there that somehow athletic scholarships would take away money from low-income students who need need-based aid,” school spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said. “That’s not the case. Athletic scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of athletic and academic ability.”
And Justin, who graduated with a 3.7 GPA from a top private school and won several football awards and made the prestigious All Star/All American team this year, tweeted last night:
Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD. Regardless of what you do in life every1 is gonna have their own opinion. Stay focused, keep that tunnel vision & never 4get why u started.
Some people feel he should decline the scholarship, especially since his father is worth more than $475 million, and has earned $45 million in 2012 so far.