Diddy’s Kid Got A Big Scholarship 5

In the news on Yahoo is the story that Diddy‘s son, Justin Combs, has won a $54,000 scholarship to UCLA. Diddy, the richest rap artist in the world, has a net worth of about $500 million as noted in this Wikipedia article.

With all that wealth, a lot of people think that Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, does not deserve the scholarship. According to the article, some taxpayers think that the $54,000 should go to others, less fortunate than Combs. It sounds kind of logical.

However, the scholarship is for Justin Combs to play football at UCLA. For that $54,000, he is expected to do hard physical work, putting his body at risk, and to do well in his classes. This is not a slam-dunk for the kid.  I suppose that you could make the case that UCLA recruited Justin so that his daddy could donate millions of dollars to the program, but that’s a stretch.

Justin Combs played corner back at a New York prep school, and carried a 3.75 academic average while doing so. Justin Combs is the example of what the student athlete should be, and I imagine UCLA is proud to have him.

Justin Combs scholarship was awarded for his performance, not his father’s reputation or wealth. In my opinion it belongs to Justin. If the taxpayers in the State of California want to means test all college scholarships to state supported institutions, they have that right. Just don’t gripe when the athletic programs fall short of providing their millions to the universities.

What do you think?

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5 comments

  1. What do I think? I think his dad should have paid for his kid’s college tuition. Happy the kid qualified for the scholarship and all, but his dad had the money.

    It is a tough call, but then it would give a message that only those without money or middle-class families sgould be allowed to apply for scholarships.

    I’m torn about it.

    In all, honesty, his dad is worth millions, so they should have had the courtesy of allowing some less fortunate to get that scholarship.

  2. I am all for Justin keeping the scholarship. After all, he earned it. However, his dad has the ability to fund lots of scholarships at UCLA, which he may do. That way, Justin keeps what he earned, and his Dad makes good on what most people would see as a social responsibility. Like you, I am kind or between on this one.

  3. a scholarship, by its definition is for an individual who can’t afford the higher ed costs. diddy is a slug and his son is slug jr. for reaping the benefits of such a thing when they’re in a position to more than afford paying tuition. it doesn’t matter how well the kid plays. i think it’s pretty disgusting.

  4. It is a tough call, but maybe they some serious donations should be made to the school, or like I said give the scholarship to someone that can’t afford the fees of the school.

  5. I agree with you. Let Justin have this scholarship he earned and let his daddy pay for 100 scholarships for other kids who work hard but can’t afford to get into a good school. Everybody wins.

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