And it caused a huge controversy….but why?
Folks are beyond outraged that UCLA awarded Justin Combs a full ride because his father, Diddy, is worth over $500 million dollars. Meanwhile UCLA, which awards an estimated 285 full athletic scholarships a year to outstanding athletes, defended their decision to award Justin the scholarship saying that the scholarship is not based on ‘financial need’ nor is it funded by the State:
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, and not on a student’s financial need,” Vazquez said.
Justin also took to Twitter to defend his award, saying that it wasn’t favoritism that got him that scholarship; he worked as hard as everyone else:
“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.”
If the boy earned the grades and excelled on the field, he definitely deserved that scholarship. His reward for maintaining good grades should not be taken away because of his father’s fortune. Meanwhile, if Diddy wants to step up and sponsor another student, that’s a whole other story but Justin shouldn’t have to catch flack for something he rightfully earned.