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UCLA Insists P. Diddy's Son Deserves College Scholarship

May 31, 2012 04:00:23 GMT

University of California explains that Justin Combs is awarded the scholarship due to his athletic and academic talent, not based on his financial need.


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UCLA defended its decision to give a full scholarship to P. Diddy's son Justin Combs. Some argued that the teen should not receive the fund since he has had enough money from his rap mogul father to pay the tuition, but the university through its spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez insisted Justin deserved the scholarship due to his talent in sports.

"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."

The representative elaborated further, "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."

Justin 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. "Playing Division I football was a lifelong dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it," he said.

P. Diddy said he couldn't be more proud of his son. "That's probably the proudest moment of my life," the rapper gushed. "You have a proud moment when you have kids, but when they grow up and they're able to grow up into men or grow up into women, it takes your pride to another level. For him to do that on his own and get a full-ride scholarship!"

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posted by ms shawm on Nov 24, 2012
I agree if he earned it its his. It's not like he don't have the grades or the talent. People need to stop it and let the kid and his dad ne proud and enjoy the moment.....
posted by I Love Me on May 31, 2012
I feel like if he earned a scholarship give it to him why should he have to pay he have just as much talent as Ricardo Vazquez
posted by Starrcrenshaw on May 31, 2012
I so can't believe this article said this child got a free ride to UCLA! He earned it! Guess this person writing this never went to college! A 3.75 are they kidding me, that is not easy AND play sports. A child should not be stripped or deprived of what they earned because their parents are rich.That just teaches a child to not be a high achiever because they can buy their way through life. There is more to life than money and I am proud of that young man for earning a scholarship. Shame, shame on these critics God Bless you young man for your achievement! It is YOURS, NOT your Daddy's!

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