Is Diddy's son deserving of a scholarship?
There's been some drama as of late surrounding Sean "Diddy" Combs' eldest son, Justin Combs, and his recent admission to the University of California Los Angeles. Ebony Magazine reports it's not so much the superstar's son got in, but the fact he is receiving scholarships for both his talent on the football field and for his high GPA. Some haters are claiming Combs shouldn't be given these privileges based on who his father is - a successful businessman, rapper, producer and mogul of hip hop clothes. Others feel the boy deserves the scholarships for all of his hard work.
Dennis Romero of LA Weekly voiced his opinion on the matter, declaring Combs shouldn't be eligible for scholarships, despite his talents on the field and in the classroom.
"Here's the bottom line, the son of a guy worth nearly half a billion dollars doesn't need a free ride to college, especially to a school where student tuition and fees have nearly tripled in the last 10 years," Romero said on air, according to Ebony. "I mean, this is a kid who poses in front of a $300,000-plus Maybach, likely the car his dad got him on his 16th birthday. Now that's a free ride that could pay for half dozen full-ride scholarships to UCLA."
Romero may make a valid point, but at the same time, is it fair to take away something Combs earned through hard work and dedication just because his father is rich? Student athletes are given certain perks due to the work they have to put in on the field, as well as the persona they must portray around campus. Student athletes can't really get a side job because their free time is spent pumping iron and practicing for their next match.
UCLA released a statement regarding the issue at hand and made it clear that they stick behind their decision to offer Combs a scholarship to their institution.
"Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability - not their financial need," the statement, released on May 30 reads. "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."
Forbes Magazine reports Combs took to his own Twitter page to address all his haters.
"Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD," Combs writes, alleging he shouldn't be criticized for his scholarship because he worked hard to earn it.
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