Should Diddy’s Son Justin Combs Give Back His Football Scholarship?
10:56 am, May 31st, 2012
Some are questioning whether it’s right that the 18-year-old defensive back, who in November announced he would play Division 1 football at the university, be given a $54,000 scholarship, considering his father’s $475 million fortune.
A number of California tax payers are reportedly even calling for Combs to return the scholarship so that it can be awarded to students who are in need of financial aid.
However, UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez says that the money used for merit-based athletic scholarships (Combs earned a 3.75 high school G.P.A.) is “entirely funded by Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations” and “do not rely on state funds.”
Vazquez states that Combs’ scholarship has nothing to do with funds given to need-based students.
He explains, “Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability, and not on a student’s financial need.”
What you think about the controversy over Combs’ scholarship?
Do you think he should return the money, or do you believe that, given all of his hard work and the nature of athletic scholarships, Combs is justified in keeping the scholarship?
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