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Should Diddy's (Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. get the point) son give back his $54K scholarship?

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Less than a year after Diddy's son, Justin Combs, committed to play football at UCLA, state taxpayers are calling on the well-heeled freshman to turn over his $54,000 scholarship to students who need it more.

In an interview with CNN, education contributor Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs' merit-based scholarship, saying he earned it fair and square. At the Upstate New York prep school where Combs recently graduated, he maintained a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback for the football team. 

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"He's done what he needs to do to be successful and in 'Ameritocracy' we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit," Perry said.

There's no denying Diddy can afford to send his son to college. The entertainment mogul was recently named the wealthiest artist in hip hop by Forbes Magazine, so far earning $45 million in 2012.

But as Perry pointed out, Combs' scholarship is awarded to student athletes specifically and isn't exactly a free ticket to a four-year picnic. Combs will be required to train 40 hours per week as well as attend classes full-time. 

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That's not to say parents don't have a reason to get worked up about the high cost of college these days. The average tuition rate is around $50,000 per year and the trillion-dollar student loan bubble's all but crippled millions of graduates.

UCLA became a focal point in the Occupy Wall Street protests, with students rallying against planned 16 percent tuition fee hikes. In April, the school was forced to clawback $27 million in financial aid accidentally deposited into students' accounts.

Combs has made no announcement regarding plans to give back the scholarship.

So, should he give it back?

by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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by Bronze Member on May. 31, 2012 at 3:49 AM

He earned it, why should he give it back? Let the boy learn to be successful on his own and not simply relying on Daddy Diddy.

by on May. 31, 2012 at 5:41 AM
No, that's like saying any income he earns in his career should be forfeited just bc his DAD is a multi millionaire.
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by on May. 31, 2012 at 5:43 AM

No, he earned it!!! Let him have it.....

by on May. 31, 2012 at 5:46 AM
He earned it.Its a merit scholarship,it's his accomplishment,not because his daddy is Diddy,but because he worked hard.He's making his own way in this world.I say good for him.
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by on May. 31, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Good for him for earning that scholarship, and he should very well be able to keep it.   

by Ruby Member on May. 31, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Quoting Bigmetalchicken:

Nope. He earned it. He excelled in a sport. The people that are bitching about it should look in the mirror and figure out why they have a problem with someone that has excelled at something being rewarded for it.

by Ruby Member on May. 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM
No, he earned it.

Not all scholarships are there just for the poor!

I hate that the rich sometimes get penalized for it!
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by on May. 31, 2012 at 7:45 AM
How do you know? Are you Diddy's accountant? Lol. Even if he has trust fund for his son, you don't know what age his son can use it. Most people give the person access to their trust fund until they are 25 and older.

Quoting LectioDivina:

No, His father has put millions upon millions into a trust.

Quoting Sarah993:

This exactly.

Quoting lilblu399:

The kid isn't rich, his father is. Technically his dad doesn't have to pay for college, maybe his father is teaching him to earn his own way, like everybody should.

He earned the scholarship so he should use it.

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by on May. 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This is a merit-based scholarship.  DEAL! The kid earned and trust me UCLA has a ton of Need based scholarships.  P-diddy might actually make his son WORK for his education and not pay for it all.  I knew quite a few kids in college who's parents were loaded but they still had to pay for college on their own.

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