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A recent uproar surrounding Justin Combs and his UCLA football scholarship is establishing the saying yet again that with mo’ money comes mo’ problems.
Many are complaining about Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, receiving a $54,000 full ride scholarship from UCLA. It has been said that it is unfair, due to him having a rich dad, who was last named the wealthiest artist in hip-hop by Forbes last month. Some say that with Diddy having a net worth of $550 million, his son does not need a scholarship.
When people hear the term “scholarship,” they immediately think of the money going to those who can barely afford going to college without taking out a loan. The question many people are asking is why isn’t Daddy Combs footing the bill?
The counter argument is that Justin Combs did not receive the scholarship based on need, but on talent. As UCLAs spokesman Ricardo Vazquez explained, “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.”
To add on to the counter argument, are we not also supposed to support kids going to college to make it on their own while they can? Why should the children of celebrities be any different? Justin has obviously worked hard to get a good education in high school and as he moves on to college. Many feel that he should be supported and congratulated on the hard work he put in school and on the field. It comes to mind that this kind of uproar would not have surfaced if the same thing happened to a high school student of no name billionaires.
Justin has spoken out about how he feels about the negative comments toward his sponsorship:
“Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD. Regardless of what you do in life every1 is gonna have their own opinion. Stay focused, keep that tunnel vision & never 4get why u started.”
UCLA is defending Justin, who graduated from New Rochelle Iona Prep in New York with a 3.75 GPA, and got scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia and Wyoming. Among others by his side that helped celebrate his accomplishment at his graduation party is his father, Diddy Combs, his mother, Misa Hylton-Brim, other family and friends
What say you Toonari readers? Should there even be an argument since the scholarship was earned? Or should Justin turn down such an honor and ask Dad to foot the bill?
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