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

Thu, May 31, 2012 11:53am EDT by 17 Comments
P. Diddy Son Scholarship

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?

Diddys 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!

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USC Mom

Posted at 2:04 PM on June 1, 2012  

Don’t you think that P Diddy will be donating money now to UCLA worth 10 times the amount of the scholarship his son earned by himself. UCLA students will then benefit from his generosity. Maybe he should go to USC!!

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parker

Posted at 10:02 AM on June 1, 2012  

1 thing ev owz known is tht ever1 is nidy including billionaires which is y they work so hard everyday..P Diddy’s possessions are his & the child gatta work hard to appreciate himself when his grown & not owz being a Dad’s pupate..he deserves the scholarship, hop he takes it.

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zimbe imran

Posted at 2:30 AM on June 1, 2012  

He deserves it since he worked hard for it.

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Miranda

Posted at 5:44 PM on May 31, 2012  

He worked so hard for that scholarship… But Diddy can and maybe should pay his son’s college after all; maybe it’s a lie about the 550 million but he do has some money… Justin should donate that scholarship to some boy who can’t pay it… somebody as good as him in football and give somebody the opportunity of study and be a good athlete …. nobody can take way from Justin the fact that he earned the scholarship, that’s amazing!… but he really should give that opportunity to other boy.

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Drake

Posted at 9:27 PM on May 31, 2012  

Its his scholoarship, Its his life, its his career. He earned the scholarship based on his talent. If your going to whine and complain about other college students needing the money then you should stop giving so much financial aid to people who have been in trouble and already have 2 or three kids and are getting there college paid for. If you want something you have to earn it, he obviously earned his scholarship at UCLA. His dad does enough charitys anyways. Maybe YOU should start thinking about givinng back.

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Monique

Posted at 5:13 PM on May 31, 2012  

Like the title says thats his dads worth he worked all his life in school to earn that scholarship he deserves it

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Brenda

Posted at 4:13 PM on May 31, 2012  

Yes he deserves it!! He worked hard and got rewarded!! This should be a lesson to all kids. You want something you work hard for it!

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jmd

Posted at 10:01 PM on May 31, 2012  

I agree with you %100, Brenda!!! =)

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LMB

Posted at 2:41 PM on May 31, 2012  

Yes he did earn the scholarship but he should donate it to a student far less fortunate than he. P. Diddly could buy a college & there are students who can’t even afford food everyday & are sleeping on the streets that are still going to college. I think it’s great that P Diddy Jr is blessed with intelligence but he’s also blessed with serious money. I HOPE JR DIDDLY DONATES HIS SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDENTS IN SERIOUS NEED! This would be the most selfless & generous thing a person with unlimited funds could do for another student who won’t be able to go to school without this generous gift

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Chinya

Posted at 2:34 PM on May 31, 2012  

I think it is fair , his son earned it he should take it, his farther is rich not him ,I do n’t think we should discriminated against the rich.
what aint fair is he’s good lookin too.
life aint fair.

his dad not related to this should give out scholarships, i’m sure he does but not related to this ,just because.

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aaron

Posted at 2:02 PM on May 31, 2012  

I knew someone else in a similar position -he got an athletic scholarship, full ride, and his father was extremely rich. For some reason he actually had to accept the scholarship as part of the program (apparently the logistics of the way the program works make it important to acccept). So he took the full ride and his dad just donated all the money back (plus some) to the school for someone else to get a scholarship. That’s what Diddy should do.

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maria

Posted at 1:47 PM on May 31, 2012  

at first i thought it was wrong to give him the scholarship especially since he is diddys child. but like everyone says he has earned it by himself thru his hard work n dedication.. its not like hes taking away from others because it says its not base on ur financial needs! so good luck to him! i say he take it and be proud that hes gonna make it far n not only for being diddys son but for his hard work and him being smart

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JB

Posted at 1:46 PM on May 31, 2012  

This is a slippery slope…yes, he earned his scholarship and should be rewarded…however there are so many that can’t afford college that could benefit from that scholarship money. Perhaps the best thing Diddy could do here is to dole out $54,000 in scholarships to needy students…that way everyone is happy!!

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chelsea

Posted at 1:34 PM on May 31, 2012  

Yes he should take the scholarship, it seems like he wants to make a career out of football, and I am sure that Diddy will probably donate a lot of money to the school while his son is there

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yari

Posted at 12:49 PM on May 31, 2012  

he shouldnt turn it down. he has a 3.75 gpa and is a dedicated athlete. im glad he earned this on his own and he should be considered a role model. good for him!

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UCLAfan1

Posted at 12:30 PM on May 31, 2012  

Yes, he earned it!

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robertb

Posted at 6:18 PM on October 13, 2013  

He should get the scholarship if his game was that outstanding, he deserves it regardless of his dad’s financial stability, then Dad should put the money in the bank in the boys name, or a trust fund to give him a good start when he finishes school

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