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

Posted by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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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.





http://finance.yahoo.com/news/taxpayers-want-p--diddy-s-son-to-fork-over-his--54-000-ucla-scholarship.html



So, should he give it back?

by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM
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Bigmetalchicken
by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM
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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.

addiecakesmommy
by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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No. He earned it. The very best should be awarded. Not the very best poor person.
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misselphaba
by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:57 PM
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No.  Why should he?  

Yes, P Diddy can afford to send his son to college, but he doesn't have to just because he can.  

The kid *earned* his scholarship, it belongs to *him*, and only him.  It's a MERIT scholarship, so nobody has the right to take it away from him just because his dad's rich.  

TableforSeven
by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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Sounds like the boy has worked hard - he deserves that scholarship as much as anyone else.  Just because Mommy and/or Daddy have a ton of money doesn't mean the kid can get college paid for.  I hate that people think parents MUST pay for college - therefore base what type of help they feel a child should get (scholoarships/grants/etc).

jcsg
by on May. 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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As long as he earned that scholorship fair and square, no he shouldn't have to give it back. 

DACIA79
by Silver Member on May. 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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The boy earned the scholarship however I think its extremely tacky to accept it went you have that much money. Since P diddy grew up poor you would think he would be glad to give another kid a chance that can't afford it.
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.Pagan.
by on May. 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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no he shouldn't. its not a scholarship for financialy disadvantage kids so i don't see the issue. he played well and had good grades.

misselphaba
by on May. 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM
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Do you have any idea how much money this kid has?  His *DAD* is rich.  Doesn't mean the kid is.  

Quoting DACIA79:

The boy earned the scholarship however I think its extremely tacky to accept it went you have that much money. Since P diddy grew up poor you would think he would be glad to give another kid a chance that can't afford it.


baby2zacharias
by on May. 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM
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That's exactly how I feel

Quoting DACIA79:

The boy earned the scholarship however I think its extremely tacky to accept it went you have that much money. Since P diddy grew up poor you would think he would be glad to give another kid a chance that can't afford it.
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sara_3388
by Platinum Member on May. 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM
I don't see why he should. He earned it so its his.
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