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Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

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Justin Combs has been offered a full football scholarship to UCLA, but his dad is worth $550 million. Do you think he should decline it?

P Diddy‘s son, Justin Combs, has caused some controversy after receiving a $54,000 football scholarship to UCLA. Diddy has a net worth of $550 million and was named the wealthiest artist in hip-hop last month by Forbes. Is it really necessary to give his child money that could be given to other students who financially need it?

UCLA defended their decision, via their rep Ricardo Vazquez, by explaining that Justin deserved the scholarship based on his talent. “There is a big separation between financial aid based on need and how that’s funded and how athletic scholarships are funded and awarded to students. Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability – not their financial need.”

He continued, “Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.”

Even if the scholarships aren’t based on need, Justin could still turn it down so it could potentially be redistributed to other students. However, if he earned it on his own merits, does he deserve to keep it no matter how much money his father makes?

Do you think it’s fair that he receive the scholarship? Should he keep it? Sound off below!
This story made me I had a similar case at my university where one extremely rich girl, whose father is a professor at the very same university got one of three scholarships to study abroad, everyone was pissed because she could afford that and other people who applied couldn't.
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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

If he earned it, yes. Maybe Diddy will donate a scholarship in the same amount to a deserving student whose family can't afford it.

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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

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Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.
if it's private money, of course he should take it. he earned it.
but he definitely won't now that the media knows about it.
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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

Right. If he earned it, good on him. I have a problem with poor people getting special treatment in such cases so I cant be a hypocrite and say a rich person should be exempt.

Some of the same people who scream for higher taxes for the rich will not have a problem with this, now thats hypocrisy, but I digress...

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"athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability"

Yeah, right.

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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

Yes. He's not his father and maybe he'd rather make it on his own than count on a parent/s to pay for his education. If he earned it, he deserves it.
The only reason I could see against it is if he got accepted for his name and not entirely because of his talent, in which case he should return the money.
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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

I agree with their decision to give it to him - private money, he earned it based on his athletic ability/academics/other criteria. However, I'd like if he gave it back, simply because he absolutely doesn't need it. But, whatever.
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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

He should give it back.
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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

Merit based scholarships are need blind and ones who earn them fully deserve them, regardless of what kind of family they come from. Justin Combs is receiving bad press just because his father is Diddy, and it is not fair. I have plenty of friends who are brilliantly gifted in academics or athletics that received private full-ride scholarships, and some of them come from families much wealthier than the Combs'. This is not a new phenomenon.

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Re: Is It Fair That Diddy’s Son Is Receiving A $54,000 Scholarship?

He's hardly the first kid from a wealthy family to get an athletic scholarship, and if his dad had made his money exporting jobs to China or something it wouldn't even be in the news. I am not particularly knowledgeable about P Diddy, nor am I huge fan of his music, but he seems to have earned his wealth all by the sweat of his own brow and provides employment to fellow musicians, stage crews, co-writers, sound engineers and others. I would also imagine that even if it's for no other reason than tax purposes, he has probably donated far more than $54,000 to various charities and fundraisers in the last year alone. Unlike many celebrities, he seems to have raised a son who has a good head on his shoulders and doesn't run around blowing his dad's money on drugs and late-night partying, instead maintaining the focus and dedication required to be an NCAA Division I-class athlete and enough of a scholar to get into a highly rated school like UCLA.

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Right. If he earned it, good on him. I have a problem with poor people getting special treatment in such cases so I cant be a hypocrite and say a rich person should be exempt.

Some of the same people who scream for higher taxes for the rich will not have a problem with this, now thats hypocrisy, but I digress...


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"athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability"

Yeah, right.
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But not everyone is outraged. CNN education contributor Dr. Steve Perry doesn’t like the way the masses are strong-arming Combs into giving back the money. According to Perry’s analysis, Combs earned that money fair and square by graduating from high school with a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback at an elite level.

"He's done what he needs to do to be successful and in 'Ameritocracy' we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit," Perry said.
That being said, I do wish that Puffy follows Denzel Washington's lead and gives the scholarship back. Congrats to Justin, btw.

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Right. If he earned it, good on him. I have a problem with poor people getting special treatment in such cases so I cant be a hypocrite and say a rich person should be exempt.

Some of the same people who scream for higher taxes for the rich will not have a problem with this, now thats hypocrisy, but I digress...
How is that hypocrisy when he earned it just as everyone should pay their fair share and the rich don't because of all the loop holes that the rich created for themselves. Like Romney sending his money off shore to avoid paying taxes now that's hypocrisy. The fact that the rich have millions and pay nothing or hardly nothing is hypocrisy but American's are so brainwashed that they think it's just fine because they're rich. The fact that the government gives rich people larger breaks is the greatest hypocrisy.

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Merit based scholarships are need blind and ones who earn them fully deserve them, regardless of what kind of family they come from. Justin Combs is receiving bad press just because his father is Diddy, and it is not fair. I have plenty of friends who are brilliantly gifted in academics or athletics that received private full-ride scholarships, and some of them come from families much wealthier than the Combs'. This is not a new phenomenon.
This. Merit is merit regardless of how rich his daddy is
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Athletic sponsorships for NCAA Division I schools are given based on athletic ability. He's earned it and it's fair. If he declines it gives UCLA an opportunity to spend that football scholarship money on another good prospect which could technically give them a boost in their roster.
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