Justin Combs, son of media mogul Sean “Diddy”Combs has won a full scholarship to UCLA to play on their football team this fall. Justin will play on the team as a cornerback. “I’m solidly committed to UCLA and excited to play for Coach Mora,” Justin said.
Of course, controversy arose because he is Diddy’s son. Because Diddy is worth half a billion dollars, many questioned and debate whether it’s fair to let Justin have the scholarship when his dad’s so rich, including some of UCLA’s own students.
“UCLA’s athletic department needs to consider the fact that perhaps there is another athlete on the football team, who could perhaps really use this scholarship,” said UCLA student Neshemah Keetin, wondering if the school should have stricter standards on which families should receive financial aid.
Another student, Ben Barokh, stood in support of Justin, who graduated from his NY prep school with a 3.75 GPA. “He had the grades, he has obviously put in the effort, regardless of who his dad is. He could get in. He definitely earned it, so I’m looking forward to seeing him next year,” Ben said.
UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vasquez cleared up the difference between need-based and athletic scholarships. “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. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds,” he said in a statement.
I say, let the boy live! Yes, his father is Diddy, but if his skills earned him a scholarship, why shouldn’t he be able to have it? I know people will probably disagree, but the kid deserves the scholarship based not only on his football skills, but also his grades. I mean, really. How many student athletes come out of school with a 3.75 GPA? He earned it.
Do you think Justin deserved a full scholarship, or should Diddy have footed the bill?
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