UCLA Gives Justin Combs A Full Ride — Does He Deserve It? [VIDEO]
Diddy's son Justin Combs was awarded a full athletic scholarship to UCLA. Should he be allowed to keep it, being his father is worth more than $500 million dollars or should he give it back? That seems to be the $50 million question. But why? Let's look at the facts real quick.
There's no question that Justin has a very rich and famous father. However, he is also a very gifted student and a baller. Justin graduated with a 3.75 GPA while excelling as a defensive back on his football team. He was sought after by several Division I universities before finally settling on one. On signing day, he committed himself to UCLA, where they awarded him a full ride.
However, this good news has been met with controversy. Some people feel he shouldn't have been given this opportunity because his father is rich. Oddly enough, Justin isn't the first child who's been given a scholarship who happened to be rich. In spite of that, some folks feel Justin doesn't need the scholarship, which is worth $54,000 in the first year, CNN reports. As a matter of fact Californian residents say Justin should return the money and let his shot-caller father pick up the bill.
One things for sure, the debate is on. Speaking of which, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Justin getting a football scholarship to UCLA and this is what was said:
It that fair? Again, he is certainly not the first rich kid to get a scholarship. What's more, the kid is a stand-out student athlete and earned his impressive GPA by himself. Why should he be penalized because his dad is rich? Representatives for the Combs family have yet to respond to the controversy, but UCLA put out a statement defending its decision to award the scholarship.
UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said "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." Vazquez added that Justin's scholarship is being paid for entirely by Bruins ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and private donations and does not draw from state funds or the university's endowment.
When he announced his decision to attend UCLA last November, Justin said going to the school was a dream come true.