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.

What do you think? Should Justin give the scholarship back? Sound off!

  • C. Jay Conrod

    Hell no! What part of merit-based is difficult to understand? He worked for that GPA. That’ll look great on his resume too. Let Justin cook.

  • h_2_da

    I don’t think he should have to pay it back. He EARNED it. A 3.7GPA speaks for itself. Regardless of who is father is, he was a model student-athlete and should be rewarded accordingly.

  • yonaton

    there are plenty of rich kids (i met a son of a billionaire at brown) in college who are on merit based scholarships. they pride themselves at having finally doing something for themselves that they worked hard for. justin has worked hard to make pave out his own future, so making p. diddy pay would be a missed opportunity for justin to do for himself.