Should Rich Kids like P. Diddy’s Son Get Scholarship Money?

Wed, May 30, 2012

Are You Serious?What’s Upeducation

Justin Combs signing his letter of intent to attend UCLA in the Fall flanked by his mother Misa Hilton Brimm, his grandmother Janice Combs, his maternal grandparents and multi-millionaire dad, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Most people are happy for P. Diddy’s son’s acceptance into UCLA.  Even P. Diddy was shocked that the boy had already gotten to 18 and is graduating from high school.  But plenty of people are trying to rain on their parade with talk of Justin’s full-ride to the university.

The controversy started when folks heard that Justin is receiving a merit based full-ride scholarship to the school worth $54,000.  Many feel that because his dad is worth half a billion dollars, he should let the money go to a more deserving student.  But, the money isn’t awarded because he is P. Diddy’s son, he worked hard to graduate at the top of his class with a  3.75 GPA.

Why should he suffer because he’s got a lot of money?  He didn’t use the money to get into one of the best schools in the country, he used his brain and brawn.   Dennis Romero in LA Weekly said:

“The son of a guy worth nearly half a billion dollars” doesn’t need a free ride to college, especially to “a school where student tuition and fees have nearly tripled in the last 10 years.” I mean, this is a kid who poses in front of “a $300,000-plus Maybach,” likely the car his dad got him on his 16th birthday. Now that’s “a free ride that could pay for half dozen full-ride scholarships to UCLA.”

Well all of that is beside the point.  Justin is actually coming off as a role model in this rather than the bratty little snot nose kid Romero depicts. He could’ve taken his daddy’s free ride and bypassed college and commitment to good grades…BUT HE DIDN’T.  He put in the hard work and he deserves to be honored with the acknowledgement that his hard work earned him.

Jeanne Sager in “The Stir” had more sensible commentary on the issue saying:

“I’ll cop to a little jealousy” about Diddy’s fortune. But Justin earned this scholarship through hard work in the classroom and on the field, and if we take it away because of Diddy’s cash surplus, we’re sending a message to all kids: “There is no reason to have a work ethic.” That’s a failure of parenting.”

What do you think?  Should he give the money back and/or humble himself and pass the scholarship to another deserving kid?

Check out the rest of the report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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