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?
Diddy‘s 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!