Justin Combs was offered a performance-based scholarship to UCLA, and many people are saying that he should return the money and pay for the college education. This is because his father is Sean Combs AKA P Diddy/Daddy (He changes his name every other day) who reportedly has a fortune of over $500 Million and is the richest man in hip-hop.
So should he give it back? Well let’s look at the facts. This was a performance-based scholarship, it was not financial aid (Not that Justin Combs would’ve been eligible for it anyway). A representative from UCLA released this statement:
“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,” the rep explained. “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 has therefore earned the right to go to college for free, and it has got nothing to do with his father being extremely rich. He graduated from New Rochelle Iona Prep in New York with a 3.75 GPA, and got a free ride to UCLA on a $54,000 football scholarship. He also got scholarship offers from Illinois, Virginia and Wyoming, but chose the prestigious University of California instead. This shows that Justin Combs must have extraordinary talents to receive so many offers and he fully deserved the scholarship which he was awarded.
But many people are saying that his father can easily afford to send his son to college and they should refuse to accept the scholarship on these grounds. They are also claiming that Combs accepting the scholarship could mean that people who cannot afford to go to college may be denied the opportunity as he has taken their place. This is American taxpayers’ money and many people think that it is highly unfair that their money is going towards the education of someone who doesn’t need it. This is why there is so much uproar. Because American citizens believe that this is their money. But it isn’t. In UCLA’s statement, they went on to say:
“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.”
Although it is no longer American taxpayers’ money, it is still potentially preventing another graduate from going to college. Someone who didn’t quite make the cut, but is still very talented.
Yet, I cannot help but feel that Justin Combs is being treated unfairly. It is irrelevant whether his father is worth half a billion dollars, he has earned the right to go to college for free. Yes he can go on a paid basis, but it was his hard work and dedication which caused the array of universities to offer him a free education. The universities did not look at who his father was when they offered him the $54,000 scholarship and neither should we now he has been given it.
Justin Combs is his own man, and his father’s work or fortune should not overshadow his clear sporting prowess in American Football, or his academic talent with his GPA of 3.75. Therefore, in my opinion I think that he should accept the scholarship, and the media have been very wrong in asking him to return it. He should reap the benefits of the years of hard work which he has had to put in. Yes this scholarship may be nothing more that a trophy for Justin Combs, but it is a trophy for which he has worked, and he deserves.
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