May 28th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Should P. Diddy's son return $54,000 college scholarship?

Justin Combs worked hard in high school to improve his football game and earn a 3.75 GPA . He recently received a $54,000 merit-based scholarship to UCLA, where he'll play football.

In April, Forbes named Justin Combs' dad,  Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the wealthiest artist in hip-hop. Some say the family should return Justin's scholarship, arguing that Combs should pay for his son's education and taxpayer money should go to students with greater financial need. Other say Justin Combs earned the scholarship through his grades and athletic ability, and deserves to keep it.

What do you think? Should the Combs family keep, return or donate the money? Should students with wealthy parents have access to merit-based scholarships and financial aid?

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  1. Marksmanbeatz

    boo hoo 54k thats nothing to him

    June 4, 2012 at 4:10 am |
  2. Patrack

    Cool he earned a scholarship, but he obviously doesn't need that money, so why take it. It's obvious that for him (Justin) it's all about WINNING, because again, he doesn't need that cash. So good for you Big Man, you got a great GPA, but you don't need that money. YOU DON"T NEED IT! Someone else does, somebody need that dough real bad my man,don't be a #@$t*%d! Good luck not being a $@*th*&d!

    June 2, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • OneWhoKnowsAll

      It's funny when Black people are financially blessed and others want to say he should give the money back. Justin earned the money (through hard work) so he should KEEP the scholarship. Where is that same concern when white ppl who haven't earned anything or worked for anything given jobs and tax breaks b/c they are white? Where's the outrage? Where is the outrage for this country enslaving Blacks for centuries but not paying reparations? You ppl are hypocrits. Get over it and over yourselves.

      June 2, 2012 at 11:33 am |
      • Reality Check

        Agree. I bet not one of these people commenting here moaned and groaned on a blog when Joe Montana'a son accepted a FREE FULL scholarship to the University of Washington on taxpayer money. I bet not one of them belly ached when Archie Manning's THREE sons lived off taxpayers with their full ride scholarships. The list goes on and on.

        The difference is that here we have an African-American who is a good citizen and has good grades. He accepts a basically private scholarship NOT funded by taxpayer money to an elite school like UCLA and these same people go ballistic.

        UCLA has always led when it came to breaking race barriers with examples like Jackie Robinson (first African-American ML baseball player), Woody Strode (first African-American cowboy movie star), Ralph Bunche (one of the first African-American Nobel Prize winner), Don Barksdale (first of two African-American pro basketball players), Arthur Ashes (first African-American tennis player to win Wimbledon), first African-American elected student body president of a west coast university – I could go on and on.

        So what we have here is the son of a wealthy African-American getting a privately funded merit scholarship to a university that has for decades pushed the limits on racial equality. That scenario causes hundreds of people to go crazy on this CNN blog. Contrast that to Archie Manning's white son taking a free ride at taxpayer expense to a typical southern university with a questionable racial history (that is being generous) and not one person here says a peep about it.

        June 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
      • U KNOW NOTHING AT ALL

        FIRST AND FOR MOST I'M BLACK JUST SO U KNOW..... NOW I CAN GO IN ON EVERY SINGLE BLACK MALE WHO FEELS LIKE THE WHITE MAN IS KEEPING US DOWN. U SOUND SO STUPID WHEN U OPEN UR MOUTH AND SAY THING nd u have no idea what ur talking. I'm an athletics director I see black kids come up everyday and get help from white people. White people are the ones who created 80% of the plans that help blacks because we won't help each other. We are always so Damn angry bout something. So with that been said he earned it let him use it for school and let him grow as a men to feel he can do something with out big dads shadow casting over him. And stop talking bout slavery and how we didn't get anything From it. Google it, if u can prove ur family was a slave then u can get something maybe then ur learn something bout ur self u didn't know.

        June 3, 2012 at 11:12 am |
      • Patrack

        Good job playing the race card... you did realize that the issue was never about race until you mentioned it right? you brought this up out of nowhere! Bottom Line, His pops has the dough to send him to school, he doesn't NEED the scholarship! Yes he earned it, Yes he worked hard for it, and he got it. AWESOME! but he doesn't need it, and he's taking an opportunity away from another potentially awesome student who cant go unless he gets THAT scholarship. And you know what race junkie, the student that needs it could be black. so keep to the issue at hand jack@$$!

        June 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Vivian

      This is a general reply. It's not @Patrack. He should keep it, but (P. Diddy) Daddy should offset it with a scholarship or set up a scholarship foundation in that amount. That way, many students could benefit and the foundation will continue on without P. Diddy having to continue to fund it. See, people forget P. Diddy is the wealthy one! His son (Justin Combs) isn't the one with the money. And, I bet P. Diddy (daddy) reminds him of that every day like all good parents do. That's how rich parents control/punish their children. So, Justin earned this on his own so daddy (P. Diddy) wouldn't have a say in HIS LIFE AND CHOICES. Good job! Justin. Now, P. Diddy, the next move is up to you. . . just do what's right.

      June 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
      • sheryl jeffers

        YES P DIDDY DO WHATS RIGHT LET YOUR SON KEEP IT HE WAS REWARDED WITH IT,WHY SHOULD HE GIVE IT AWAY,THEN HE WILL THINK WHY AM I WORKING SO HARD TO JUST GIVE IT BACK JUSTIN ITS YOURS YOU GOT IT FAIR AND SQUARE YOUR DADDY DID NOT BRIBE ANYONE,SO PEOPLE SHUT UP AND LEAVE IT ALONE.LET THE KID ENJOY HIS HONOR

        June 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
      • Patrack

        Agreed!

        June 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
  3. kc

    I usually do no respond to such nonsense but being a mom and the grandmother of 7 I feel I have to. We are always complaining about children today not standing up on their own and wanting everything given to them. Especially more affluent children but not limited to. Now we have a young man who obviously is earning his way and standing on his own and we want daddy to pay?? Let it go. Keep up the good work son.

    June 2, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  4. Alan

    He earned it. When did Americans start thinking a person doesn't deserve what they earned?

    Have seen comments about advantages he had. Sure maybe dad bought him better equipment, coaching time, etc. But you can't train a Pug to be a Greyhound no matter how much equipment you buy it or training you give it!

    Everything I've seen says he's got the smarts and talent and deserves the scholarship award. Congratulations Justin, outstanding work!

    June 2, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  5. Ike

    Does it matter?

    June 2, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • JP

      Yes, it matters as we are talking about $50K+ and the issue of an underprivileged person getting an opportunity. Perhaps we should be questioning the criteria of the scholarship.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:44 am |
  6. Jennifer

    I don't care who the boys daddy is or how much money he makes, the kid earned his scholarship. I think people should be proud that he doesn't just want to live off his fathers wealth but wants to earn his way in life. That's admirable.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
    • JP

      He should demonstrate that he is an ethical young gentleman and establish a donation or scholarship of the money in his name so that a an unprivileged young person may have an opportunity which didn't have opportunity to compete for an education scholarship. And, is this young man REALLY the first privileged person to be awarded and accept a free ride or is he just the most recent black person? This is posted from an unbiased white open-minded white person.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:42 am |
      • just passing "thru"

        JP, Justin does not need to prove that he is ethical by basically giving the money back. He has already proven that he is an ethical young man via studying hard, having good study habits, and scoring well on assignments/tests in the classroom. Not to mention,scoring well on standardized and high school state exit tests that do not care who your daddy is!! Keep the scholarship Justin... YOU have earned it! Lastly, I am almost positive that Dad has anonymously contributed to many causes before his son earned this academic honor which.we will never know about;Consequently,he should not try to offset his son's accomplishment... JUST GIVE THANKS and PRAISE for such a son :)

        June 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  7. Ms. Lou

    Let me know when Diddy matches the scholarship. He has over a half a billion dollars. Not many people do. He may be in the one tenth of the one percent population. And if other super rich are taking accepting monetary scholarships. Call them out too.

    June 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  8. gill11802

    I would love to know who the idiot who 1st thought this is or should be a story. IT’S A MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIP! This was NOT a financial scholarship.

    The kid earned the scholarship with his 3.75 GPA, and by playing football. When did it become so wrong for a kid (rich or poor) to earn something on there own without someone else trying to rip them. My guess is UCLA and financial scholarships to the school will get a pretty nice donation from P Diddy, and if they don’t get a donation then write about that. But leave Justin Combs alone he earned it.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Reality Check

      I used to complain about the lack of intelligence by blog commentors on Fox News, but I think the people that read this CNN blog beat it hands down.

      Over 600 people posted here and there may not be more than 5-10 of them who can figure out the difference between a financial aid grant based on need, and a merit scholarship based on accomplishment. CNN should be embarrassed about the level of intelligence they attract to their site.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Minnesota Mom

      3.75 is not a GPA worthy of a $50,000+ scholarship and it is not a merit scholarship. The vast majority of Asian kids with 4.0 unweighted don't get a dime in merit scholarships. This money could have been put to better use had it been given to a kid from a lower SES. Shame on UCLA!

      June 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  9. Harold Black

    What we have here is a textbook example of liberal racism. I bet that all these criticisms come from those on the left. Where were the criticisms of Archie Manning letting his three boys accept football scholarships? Or Joe Montana? Or Mike Golic? Or any wealthy high profile white person whose son (or daughter) excelled in a sport? But for that matter an acceptable black like Michael Jordan is spared when his son is on a basketball scholarship at Central Florida. No. It is the up from poverty, work in black culture self-made mogul who gets criticized. This is a merit based scholarship and this is one time that the son can say that he earned it through his initiative and hard work. His father was not on the field, or in the weight room. I bet Sean is proud of his son and ashamed for all the fools out there who obviously do not have a life.

    June 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Vespa

      Why do you have to play the race card? This has nothing to do with race.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  10. Isaiah

    This story is so horribly reported. I want to echo what a few people have already said while hopefully providing some clarity to this situation.

    Yes, this is a MERIT-based scholarship, meaning: not NEED based. That said, his GPA only is called into this equation as far as qualifying to meet the lowered standards that allowed per the school's athletic department admission. This kid received an ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP, which isn't something you apply for. It is offered by the coaches of the football team. Each FCS (formerly Division 1) school (save for those under probation) has a roster of 85 kids under scholarship. Those kids who are under scholarship are therefore able to participate in all team activities. Other players, such as preferred walk-ons, walk-ons and practice squad players, per NCAA rules, DO NOT get to fully participate in all activities and get the same treatments, i.e. trainer's sessions, medical table, etc. As it goes with FCS schools, especially those in BCS conferences, such as UCLA is in the PAC 12, the athletic department is self-supporting, and does NOT receive money from the local taxpayers. Their money comes from athletic revenue, TV money and boosters.

    It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that this kid refuse the scholarship to have his father pay his own way. He earned the offer from the coaching staff, and even had offers from other BCS schools. By the reasoning that he should due to his family being rich is to suggest that any athlete who's family makes money should do the same: namely kids who are children of former professional athlete. For those deserving, they should get what they deserve, nothing more, nothing less. What CNN has not been clear enough about here, and has subsequently stirred into a frenzy is the workings of athletic departments versus the university proper.

    Additionally, to take on this issue as a "the father should pay for it" or "there are more deserving kids who study hard" or whatever, I'm sure you'll soon admonish the athletic departments, even though they don't take a dime away from the scholars in need.

    Everyone needs to relax and see that this is a normal practice for athletic departments to offer scholarships to people of all varieties. Rich or poor, it doesn't matter, what. so. ever.

    June 1, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • pse19335

      I agree he earned it and should not have to return it. But I also believe it does leave a bad taste in everyones mouth that he comes from the 1% not the %99. therefore, it maybe best for his father to donate the exact amount of money his son receives. I'm sure he'll do the right thing, he'll donate probably more than 54k to UCLA.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  11. iheartyou

    UCLA did nothing wrong. The scholarship was earned and so they awarded it. They can't say – well you're too rich so even though you earned it we're not going to give it to you. That's discrimination and I don't believe any school should discriminate on any level.

    It's Sean Combs that needs to step up and do the right thing here. He obviously taught his son hard work and some ethics – he seems like a pretty good kid and certainly worked hard in school. Now teach him some humility and return the scholarship. Or teach him charity and take the same amount of money and award it to a deserving, equally as hard working, poor kid who will not make it into college any other way. These are just things I think would be the noble and right to do. But he's under no obligation whatsoever to return the scholarship.

    May 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Irish lady

      I agree with you thoroughly. Sean received his accolades from UCLA in the form of a $54K scholarship and the press conference made his achievement known to the world. And he is very deserving of the scholarship for his hard work. Now is the time to show the world what a great humanitarian he is by giving the money to some really hard working young person who will not be able to afford college without some financial backing. This would be awesome!

      June 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  12. drobster

    This Is UCLA. You mean to tell me that this is the first rich kid to get a full ride that he EARNED? Or is the fact that this is the first rich Black Hip Hop kid because of the attention? That's BULL S%^$. Come on people he earned it. How many Rich kids at UCLA earn scholarships? Did their parents donate the money to lower income. Let me guess he should be the first to start. Love it!!!

    May 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  13. jamillah

    leave it up to CNN to post this non-sense. I bet if one of their children received a full scholarship they wouldn't talk about it on the news. I'm about tired of CNN, they are becoming more like FOX news.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  14. Reality Check

    I have reviewed probably a couple hundred comments here and have suumarized them with my responses:

    Comment 1: "As a taxpayer, I am outraged that UCLA would give all my hard earned money to that spoiled fat cat rich kid. We must force him to give it back and make his daddy pay ten times as much!"
    Answer 1: This is an athletic scholarship paid from UCLA athletic department revenue (ticket sales, TV, donors etc). Not a dime came from taxpayers. Since the scholarsip is not taking taxpayer money, his father is not obligated in anyway to reimburse the state of California for money they never received.

    Comment 2: "I can't believe a financial aid need scholarship was given to that spoiled fat cat rich kid. I am needy, someone should force them to give me the money instead!"
    Answer: Scholarship was based on merit, not need. If you are going to tell every organization that offers merit scholarships that they can no longer give them out based on merit and force them to to only give them to the people that you think are "needy," that money will dry up fast and all those scholarships will go away.

    Comment 3: "I can't believe a scholarship was given to that spoiled fat cat rich kid when there are millions of more deserving people like me."
    Answer 2: This was a merit scholarship so quit whining that you deseve it more. Excel at something and you might be able to get a merit scholarship too. Sure, he probably had many advantages that others don't, however his father started from the bottom and earned all that money. I propose that you put your energy into trying to improve your own life rather than trying to tear down someone else who did just that.

    Comment 3: "We should force all fat cat rich parents to disclose all their assets and income before receiving a privately funded merit scholarship. Then people like me will decide on blogs like this whether they deserve it or not."
    Answer: Defeats the entire purpose of a merit scholarship. Then again, maybe the point is to punish people who excel.

    Comment 4: "Fact cat rich parents should be legally and financially liable for their adult children forever. No exceptions!"
    Answer: At 18 Justin Combs is an adult and his parents are not responsible for his decision to accept an athletic scholarship. We would have to build a million more prisons if we made every parent accountable for what their adult children did.

    Comment 5: "Maybe it is technically legal for that spoiled fat cat rich kid to do this horrendous thing, but it is immoral, unethical and he should burn in h-ll for this evil abomination."
    Answer 5: Some people need to come up for air and get some perspective about life.

    Comment 6: "This is a huge breaking story and I am estatic that CNN has exposed the first spoiled fat cat rich kid to ever get a merit or athletic scholarship!"
    Answer 6: It happens all the time. Didn't Mark Zuckerberg's (owner of Facebook and one of the richest people in the world) wife have an academic scholarship? Didn't USC give a full ride basketball scholarship to rapper Lil Romeo (whose personal finances probably do circles around Justin Combs)? Everyone who is "shocked" at this must live under rocks.

    Comment 7: "It is not fair that this spoiled fat cat rich kid gets money. He doesn't need it!"
    Answer 7: A merit scholarship is an award for doing something well. Like a trophy, it is recognition for excelling at something. It is not just about money. Lots of awards come this way. When they give away a Nobel Prize for Literature, they give away money, but I don't think I have ever heard anyone say we need to see a tax statement before someone can be awarded it. This type of award is not given because someone "needs" it or is poor, It is given because someone meets the criteria for being selected to receive the award. For some reason, many people can not seem to grasp the difference here.

    And there you go. All the answers in one simple comment.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • Al

      To the individuals who are so outraged about their tax money....you need to find another story to cry about. Not one penny comes from tax payers money. Did you get that not one penny of a UCLA Football scholarship comes from your taxes.

      The ignorance of people who swallow anything the media throws out to them. You are on the Internet search yourself where athletic funds come from and how they are different from state aided grants.

      UCLA football funds itself. Do you realize the media deal UCLA has being in the PAC12 ? Do you realize the billion dollar industry called college sports. UCLA basketball and football not only funds itself but it funds other non revenue sports at UCLA......thus allowing other student athletes an opportunity to attend,.

      UCLA Basketball and Football generates millions of dollars for the general scholarship fund. That would be donations given to the university because of the programs. Ever watch a televised college game and near the end of the telecast money is donated by the network to the general student scholarship. ESPN and Fox Sports give millions to UCLA general scholarship funds.

      I am sure many of you don't care because this is more about hating on PDiddy than taxes, UCLA or even Justin. Nobody said anything about Peytona and ELi Manning receiving sports scholarships. Nick Montana, Chris Long, didn't receive criticism. Nor did Michael Jordan, Doc Rivers , Tim Hardaway sons. Heck Jerry Rice son is also on scholarship at UCLA but the outrage occurred when a kid who academically qualified for a school and also is talented enough to play on the football team receive a scholarship.

      There are only 85 football scholarships given each year. Is UCLA suppose to find kids who aren't as athletically talented than Justin , less deserving and give them the scholarship so that people who don't follow the sport can stop making baseless claims.

      Welcome to America 2012 where the kid who works hard and earns a scholarship is a villain. Not the kid who did nothing and needs daddy money to get him in the door.

      June 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  15. Donald

    I understand all the arguments, but where is the humility in all of this? Wealthy people need financial aid awards? Scholarships are awards - awards of financial aid.

    May 31, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  16. Noah

    I think it's pretty clear that what UCLA did was in accordance with their normal athletic scholarship procedures. If the scholarship didn't go to Combs, it might have gone to another wealthy kid. There is no need based portion of the scholarship. HOWEVER, this does not mean what the UCLA athletic program did was MORALLY permissible. If they had any sense they might think about the media fallout and image that the scholarship puts out for the university. I am not arguing that Combs does not deserve the scholarship, I am simply saying that UCLA may have lost the faith of many lower income applicants who were hoping to get help from the school's scarce resources. Had this been a private school with a large endowment, there wouldn't be a similar controversy. However, it is not. UCLA is part of a state system that has raised costs consistently over the last decade and made college out of reach for more and more families. I wish Combs the best but I am sad to see the image that the athletic department has created for itself.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • Cece

      Here,Here! Well put Noah!!

      May 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • Donald

      @Noah: You say "I am sad to see the image that the athletic department has created for itself." and it leaves me wondering what you think about the image wealthy people create for their elect group, when they compete with people of much lesser opportunities for financial aid, which is a-l-w-a-y-s in limited supply?

      May 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  17. Eli

    let them give the money to the high school honor student in texas that was working two jobs and taking college courses.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  18. Destinee

    He may have earned it, but his father is Diddy one of the richest men alive...who can damn well afford college for all his kids plus their kids and their kids without putting a dent in his pocket...

    May 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • BETTY

      We are parents of college age kids, and will struggle to put them through school. However, really? I am disgusted by the thought that just because Justins parents are wealthy, that he is not deserving of a scholarship, for all his hard work and dedication to both school and football. HE recieved the scholarship not his parents. Justin, keep your scholarship, and be proud of your accompilshments. Maybe if you were less fortunate, you would be applauded more for all your hard work.

      May 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
    • sheryl jeffers

      HE GOT IT ITS HIS HE SHOULD NOT RETURN IT. P DIDDY JUST SMILE AND BE PROUD YOUR SON DID GOOD
      TO ALL WHO DISLIKE IT DONT HATE CONGRATULATE

      June 2, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  19. KM

    I received word from someone well connected that the selection was based on name recognition and how tinterest in he player may translate to ticket sales and TV game ratings. Based on what I heard, I believe that to be the case. His stats are barely junior varsity at the junior high level: 5' 10" and 175lbs?!?! That wouldn't make the grade in my HS football days 20yrs ago! Maybe the kid can play, we will see in a few years. If he is a perennial bench warmer, the whole thing was a media-savvy tactic to generate attention as I was told. After all, the value of the scholarship couldn't come close to paying for the attention.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Matt

      In football, different positions are better suited for players of different sizes. Justin plays cornerback, a position suited towards fast players that are relatively small. In the NFL Pro-Bowl this year, the average size of a cornerback was 6'0" and 195.5lbs. All-American college cornerbacks are often 5'10"-6'0" and 180-190lbs. Justin was 5'10" and 175lbs at the start of his senior year of high school. He is not undersized for his position and stands to gain some weight once he starts a college lifting program.

      I don't think the scholarship was used to generate ticket sales or tv ratings. No one is going to watch a game see a cornerback that has a famous father; LA has WAY more things to do than that. If anything, having him on the team might attract highly rated recruits; I can see that angle of it.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  20. Matt

    This article was written in a way to stir up controversy where there should be none. Justin will be on an ATHLETIC scholarship while at UCLA, one earned on the MERITS of his abilities as a defensive back on the football field. All ATHLETIC scholarships are based on the MERITs of your athletic abilities. ACADEMIC scholarships are also MERIT based; based on the MERITS of your academics. His GPA has nothing to do with his scholarship other than the fact that it did not prohibit him from clearing the lowered admission standards that student-athletes must meet (aside from Stanford, UCLA has the highest athletic admissions standards in the Pac-12, and has to turn away plenty of incredible athletes that are poor students). The money for his scholarship is not coming from the state taxpayers. The athletic department is funded through alumni donations, corporate scholarships, media deals, ect.

    Calls for him to return his scholarship are unwarranted. For Justin, the scholarship is not about the money, but the RESPECT that the coaching staff has for his athletic ability. Athletes that are walk-ons are treated differently than those on scholarship. I believe the NCAA semi-limits their ability to take advantage of everything the athletic department has to offer the scholarship athletes. He EARNED his scholarship by being one of the best football players in the country (not highly rated, but there are at least 35,000 high schools in the country, which means there are 70,000+ starting cornerbacks (his position); he was ranked #133), so let him have the pride of being on scholarship.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  21. elle

    The son earned the scholarship and is going to school, not the dad. The dad is rich, not the son. You are legally an adult at 18, which is when most go to college. At age 18 your parents are no longer legally responsible for you or for your debts, so I say it's great that he has found a way to start earning his own way in the world. The only reason that universities say parents are financially responsible for their adult children's education is because they are charging so much $ that there is no way an 18-year old could afford a 4-year college without either taking on loans or getting money from mom and dad. The real question that should be asked is why has tuition increased so much faster than the rate of inflation over the last 30 years? It used to be possible for a young student to put themselves through college by working part-time. Today, with the average cost at a 4-year university upwards of $25,000 a year that is nearly impossible.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  22. jasperabbott

    As someone who came from a household with an income level of $250,000 and got a merit-scholarship to the University of Kansas, I think it is ridiculous to suggest that Justin gives back his scholarship. My parents told me, they would not pay more than $5,000 a year, anything above that and I was on my own. So, what did I do? I worked hard. I earned a 3.8 GPA, 32 ACT, 1450 SAT (old 1600 system), and received a MERIT scholarship. For MERIT scholarships, no one asks your parents income. For FAFSA and other need-based programs, they do. Should I have been punished because my parents are wealthy? Don't we want the children of the wealthy to become productive citizens who do not depend on the support of their parents? Apparently not.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  23. phil

    at the end of the day ucla is going to gain way more money , off of p.diddys son, even if its off of a football tickets. ucla football teams havent been good since the early 90s. blame ucla, this puts their name in the paper free press and it might help them obtain better athelthele. please dont ignore the relationship between sports and music. plus p.diddy's son seems like a a good kid congrats justin

    May 31, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  24. xtopheraugustine

    I think schoolarship is made for a person who work hard, It left for the family of Justin Combs to decide either to accept or give order to the school authority to use the money for poor one in the school. but for me a hard working have to receive a better reward

    May 31, 2012 at 6:33 am |
  25. Terry Dedmon

    I thought, a scholarship was for persons with financial needs! Not for rich kids!! Give the middle class the cake but the rich will eat it!!

    May 31, 2012 at 5:50 am |
    • Tellit

      You thought wrong. Scholarships are simply money award to help with education. What scholarships are awarded for and the criteria for them varies greatly. There is absolutely nothing that says a scholarship has to go to a needy person. They can go to anyone who meets the criteria to win it. Bottom line people shouldn’t be whining over this. If the kid worked and met the criteria to win it then it is his. If someone else needed it they should have worked harder.

      May 31, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  26. kariaba

    He earned it, leave him alone.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  27. David

    First, if he earned an athletic scholarship, who cars how much his dad makes; he should get (and certainly deserves to keep) the scholarship.
    But... my, oh, my – how can so many people believe that this is a Merit-based scholarship? Are you kidding? A truly Merit-based (only) scholarship for a 3.75 GPA to a major school like that? That is downright laughable. This is an athletic scholarship, or else something more unsavory.

    May 31, 2012 at 3:42 am |
    • lIZZY

      I totally agree with you a merit based with a 3.75 comw on.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  28. leah

    I got a full scholarship to UCLA on merit as a 38 y.o. RN returning to school on a full time basis. I was definitely not rich but had good undergrad grades. There are people as rich or richer who attend the school but also a lot of poorer students who get aid. UCLA is one of the toughest schools to get in to. They have the highest number of applicants every year and the average GPA is above a 4.0 An athlete with a 3.75 should get admitted it he meets the qualifications. Contributions from wealthy graduates are always appreciated and have funded many programs. Live and let live.

    May 31, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  29. BIGDADDYWEST

    IT is nothing wrong with the man getting the scholarship he work for so he got get over it

    May 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  30. Michelle

    People people – do you not know anything about how college athletics work? Someone already made the point that fb scholarships are not funded by the state – they are completely self-funded. But, the other thing to point out is that if Justin Combs wants to participate with the other scholarship FB players then he himself has to be a scholarship player. This has nothing to do with wheter he can afford it or not. If he wants to participate in the trianing tables, the study room and all the other privileges that college athletes get, then he needs to be a scholarship player. This is no debate and clearly the media is looking for something to complain about. This happens ALL THE TIME when college football coaches give their own kids scholarships to their FB prgram. They can clearly afford to seng their kid to college – but that has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT! 1) they deserve to be there and 2) they want them to have access to all the other privileges that comes with being a scholarship player! There's nothing more dramatic in this issue than that! Not to mention how SHORT SIGHTED you all are! Worry about $50,000 grand when P Ditty will likely be gifting 10x's that once his kid goes to school there. Geesh... Look at the bigger picture here people!

    May 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Derek

      Michelle, it's a merit-based scholarship, not an athletic scholarship. There is a difference.

      May 31, 2012 at 12:43 am |
      • dnajah

        “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,” UCLA spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez in a statement. “Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds.”

        As mentioned in the above quote by the Athletic Director – It's an athletic scholarship and he meets the requirements for it. Case closed. Period. Read the facts.Pay attention to the financial aid counselor, learn the difference between need-based aid and merit-based aid, and get over it! Romeo Miller got a basketball scholarship. Say anything about that. Joe Montana's son walked on hoping for a scholarship. We can pull a list if you'd like....

        Besides, I'm most certain the Puffy will make enough contribution to the school to cover more scholarships for other student-athletes than any of us ever could. He's actually a very generous and philanthropic person.

        The bigger issue is why are ppl so angry and judgemental. This is not utopia. We've all had to make our way in life. Look at Puffy's beginnings. He EARNED his living. And he's in a industry where society made him rich. Don't want him to be rich, don't buy his stuff!!

        My undergrad degree, my parents struggled to help pay for and I had to go in-state to keep costs low. My master's, I did on my own woking full-time and as a graudate-assistant and I'm paying Sallie Mae but that's okay because it's a degree I wanted. And now I'm going to Duke for practically no our of pocket costs on merit-based scholarship that the path I walked made me qualified to received. I'm humbled by life experiences. Tough journey – yes. But that's life. You work hard, pay your dues, it'll come back to you.

        May 31, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  31. GLEN

    One other thing I forgot to point out. UCLA portion of TV money for the networks is 21 million a year used to operate the athletic department which includes scholarships. taxpayer funds not required for Combs tuition, room and board.

    May 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  32. Marta448

    Scholarships should be given to those that need them! The children that exceed in sports, exra curricular activitties... usually have parents that can afford to push their children to the top. Yes they have been successful and I applaud that, but what about the kids that didn't get the extra lessons, tutoring... Are they not being penalized because their parents couldn't afford to give them that extra boost?

    May 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  33. Tori

    i think that it's the school's responsibility to give scholarships to the people who they think deserve them. ucla has a very strict standard on the students they choose to have attend their school, and they put a lot of thought in their choices. honestly, i don't think it matters whether or not they give the scholarship money back, because it was given to them, therefore it's their choice what they do with their money, not everybody else's. yeah, there are some people who would benefit from receiving some extra money to help pay for their college expenses, but in the end, you earn what you work for. if you want that scholarship, then you need to work to the standards for it.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • tom in big d

      so there werent any 3.75 gpa's on the football field in california?

      May 30, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  34. tom in big d

    LEAVE THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA THAT NEED IT. Why in the world would a son of a $500 millionaire even apply for the scholarship. Congratulations are in order for the kid, from his parents, friends and other family, thats it. I see that he had a better chance of succeeding inschool than the less fortunate kids with environment, pressures and money issues. I guess all of you that are ok with this would have no problem with Bill Gtaes winning a $150 mil. lottery, he obviously doesnt need it either. It seems to me the kid already has his priorities screwed up. He can go anywhere he wants for his education but is really choosing the cheapest way? Maybe he wont even go and that scholarship will be up in the air til the last minute when a less fortunate student has already spent money to go to a junior college.

    May 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • mbhcu98

      @Tom In Big D- So should all actors, CEOs, and all the rich parents of children give the money back or just Justin? Justin got the scholarship, not his daddy. Justin is an 18 year old adult who is making it at UCLA on his own merit, not his daddies. Diddy didn't get a scholarship, Justin did. What if him and his dad have a falling out and Diddy cuts him off but, already gave up the scholarship. What does Justin do now.

      Also, with a scholarship, one is obligated to live up to the scholarship, sort of like a contract. A scholarship stipulates how much practice time is expected of you, how much class time is expected of you, etc... and he has to live up to those standards or get the scholarship revoked. The whole team should be under those obligations except Justin... because his daddy is rich?
      Your Bill Gates and the lottery analogy is comical. Would Bill Gates be Diddy or Justin in your analogy? Stop thinking Diddy and think Justin. Justin got the reward... not his Daddy.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • tom in big d

        if you take charity when you do not need it, you are a selfish bureaucratic parasite, no if's ands or buts. The mere fact that he is applying for scholarships when his father has been very charitable is hypocrytic on the father if not both parties. And if you cannot understand the Bill Gates analogy shows why you have trouble grasping logical reason.

        May 30, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
      • tom in big d

        AND .YES. LET ME STATE THIS CLEARLY, IF YOUR FAMILY DOES NOT NEED CHARITY THEN YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE IT. AND IF HIS P DADDY TAKES THE MONEY BACK HE COULD ALWAYS SELL HIS 300K CAR? DONT TAKE WELFARE FOODSTAMPS CHECKS OR FREE SERVICE IF YOU HAVE MULTIPLE MILLIONS. IT IS JUST A SLAP IN THE COMMON MANS FACE. YES HIS DADDY HAS MONEY, DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IS IN HIS TRUSTFUND

        May 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
      • tom in big d

        also dont you think he was accepted because of his daddy over other players, if you think so then you are naive

        May 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • mbhcu98

      Some of you sound like weak people who want Justin's scholarship. Get over it. He played football, played very well, UCLA wanted him, He EARNED IT. Why is everyone saying Justin has money? Justin has no money, his daddy does. What happens to Justin if him and his dad get into a fight and Diddy cuts him off? Justin is making it on his own merit and some of you have a problem with that. There are thousands of rich parented kids in our universities, should they all have to give up the scholarship? That just sounds dumb so, why is Justin expected to do so?

      @Adam- you are the weakest one. Save your sob story for someone who cares son. Would it be a nice thing to do? yes, it would be. If he did it and still went to school, would he be subject to the same obligations as scholarship students? No. A scholarship is like a contract. It determines how much practice time, class time, etc... is expected of you. If he doesn't take the scholarship, he wouldn't be obligated to put in the same amount of practice or class time. You want it both ways. You are not special because you work and went to school... hell, you sound like a normal college kid. YOUR DOING NOTHING SPECIAL. I did the exact same thing when I was in school.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  35. Miracle

    So basically, the colleges that are JEALOUS that they did not get this kid & all that his fame & wealth, will bring to their school, are going to ruin the LITTLE BLACK KID'S young life, as a result, per the MEDIA, right?

    Marvin Zindler used to say " it's he/// being poor", he forgot to add "Black as well"
    Poor Justin will never have one days peace at that school, (the hired hands, the (MEDIA), will see to it that UCLA regrets this call !!

    May 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Reality Check

      Agree. This has all the makings of a hit piece.

      There are countless kids who have accepted merit scholarships even though their parents were wealthy and could afford the full tuition. CNN acts like this is the first time in history this has happened. Why is it suddently a big deal when it is an 18 year old named Justin Combs? Only CNN can answer that.

      May 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  36. Reality Check

    This may be one of the worst researched pieces I have seen on this site.

    This is an athletic scholarship and not based at all on financial need or taxpayers dollars as this blog implies. Athletic scholarships at UCLA are funded ENTIRELY with revenue generated by the athletic department. It is a financially self sufficient department and there is not a dime of taxpayer money going to his scholarship or any athletic scholarship at UCLA, including sports like women's softball, tennis, water polo etc....

    May 30, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • Derek

      link?

      May 31, 2012 at 12:44 am |
      • Reality Check

        UCLA press release as well as LA Times. Look it up.

        May 31, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  37. Cindy C.

    O.K. Soooo.... here's the thing. Leave P.Diddy's son go to his school without all the hooplaa from society. He earned the right to get this scholarship.....I was not going to get on here and write about this, but, truly people need to get a grip. P.Diddy may be making a very good living. But, has anyone stopped to thank him for his many donations to charities ?
    I am not a follower of this gentleman, as I don't watch much T.V. or music at all, but, I do know it is NOT of anyones business what he does or does not earn in a year...
    I myself have a college loan for my son, and I will probably never ever see it paid off in full, so YES, I do know how the interest keeps growing,etc... But, my point is this.....It is a shame that people are bashing this young man and his family. They knew who his father was BEFORE he was granted that scholarship! Leave him alone....to study in school....
    P.Diddy contributes to many many charities, enough said....

    May 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Linda w.

      You said it so eloquently. I normally would not come on here, but this topic really irritated me. Who cares how much money P. Diddy makes. His son earned the scholarship...that is it. Good for him and Congrats. I can only pray my own kids get scholarships, they are smart kids.

      May 30, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  38. GLEN

    What is wrong with you people? The athletic scholarship EARNED by P Diddy's kid due to his athletic and scholastic talent is not funded with taxpayer dollars. It comes from money raised and donated by UCLA boosters. No wonder your ratings are in the toilet!

    May 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Miracle

      Glen, CNN is aware of everything you stated. This goes beyond them, as I stated the Media is simply the means to use this little kid, to attack (UCLA) for landing such a good investment (long term) to it's school.

      TPTB, understand that we who frequent these boards etc. don't fully understand their littles GAMES, you know the reason they're loaded in we're not :) :)

      May 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
      • Miracle

        oops, meant to say they're loaded (and) we are not

        May 30, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  39. Rosa I.

    This scholarship was merit based. He received an excellent GPA while also playing football. I think congratulations are in order. When we start taking away based on income, things that are earned, what are we teaching children, rich or poor.His father may be rich, but he is a separate being. That is what makes this country great, is that you can make it on your own. My son owes 150,000 in college loans. We helped where we could. He will have to work hard to pay that off, but that will only make him a better person in the long run. The fact that people think it should be handed back angers me. Taking unearned income from anyone including your parents surely cannot be better than earning it on your own. I think it was deserved and he should not feel pressured to give it back because of public outcry.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  40. MyTwoCents

    It would not surprise me if P.Diddy hasn't already gifted UCLA with the funds to pay for his son's FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP.....To many helicopter parents the fact that their son can get a Football Scholarship is a much bigger deal to them than any other thing, especially, if it was the dream of that child to obtain a Football Scholarship to a prestigious Division 1 University....It also wouldn't surprise me if P. Diddy didn't donate $100,000+ in order to make his son's dream come true – Schools do this all the time for the wealthy...Rich alumni are the financial heartbeat of all major universities.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  41. really61

    Having a son who came from that same "elite" high school............... Hmmmmmmmm, if you only knew and heard what I have, you'd probably ALL think twice!! NUFF SAID

    May 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  42. Rotll

    Sean "P. Diddy" Combs should set up a scholarship in his sons name to honor his accomplishment, and award an annual scholarship to a student who meets similar criteria. This will hold his son's accomplishment up for everyone to see, as well as motivate other students to apply themselves and earn their own scholarship.

    No, the boy should not give back the money, he earned it.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • A

      I was going to say the same thing!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  43. kim

    Yes he should be allowed a scholarship if he earned it, we all have bills to pay, etc. However the prudent and decent thing to do would be for P. Diddy to donate to the school twice his scholarship as he can well afford it and this shows true respect for the $$ made in the biz and respect for his son and the school. Just an opinion, thanks.

    May 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • kimm

      I agree with this completely. It's the decent thing to do. This is the same son who received a $360,000 car from his dad as a 16th birthday present – so they are used to throwing their money around on things a lot more frivolous than education. $54,000 is NOTHING to this guy. .

      Of course, the kid earned it, it's a merit based award and he doesn't HAVE to do anything, but in my opinion of you are a decent person with an ounce of pride and respect for your fellow human beings you would not accept this money, or make a dedicated effort to pay it back in a manner like you suggest.

      May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • ANGIE BROWN

      This is a two way story because when you go to college they do basic everything on your parents income. Yes his parents do have money and there are many and i mean many Young Men applied for funds for college and did not get it due to the parents income. I am just waiting to see what will happen with this story good luck young man. I wish you the best this is just a political mess. Money and more Money makes the School looks GOOD"

      May 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  44. Tiglah

    I'm a college student. My family isn't nearly as rich as P.Diddy's, but I still didn't qualify for financial aid at my school. I have 2 siblings not yet in college, and my parents are only paying for some of my education because they also want to help them through college (and still have something left for retirement). Without merit scholarships, I wouldn't be able to afford the university I am attending without taking out a ridiculous amount in loans. Once you start telling people they are too rich to receive merit aid, where do you draw the line? How rich is too rich? If it is not a merit scholarship that considers need, then no one should begrudge the guy for accepting it.

    That being said, it seems that most people in the comments understand the definition of the word merit, but CNN bloggers do not.

    May 30, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  45. Scholarship Mentor

    Every scholarship has eligibility requirements, some clearly state that financial need is a factor, but most do not. Only the members of the selection committee know whether Justin Combs was better qualified than the other candidates that were turned down. If he was, then he deserves the scholarship.

    Every month we send out a free newsletter listing scholarships, most don't indicate that financial need is a factor. Scholarship committees are looking for talented athletes, writers, scientists, artists, and video producers. The committees don't care if they're rich or poor, just that they're talented. Get the newsletter at: http://scholarshipmentor.com/content/free-monthly-scholarship-newsletter

    May 30, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  46. ViciousBrain

    There's something to be said about earning your own way...I applaud the kid for not leaning on "diddy" to bank roll his college education.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  47. Yen-Yaw

    Well, I almost posted a long rant about this and how it was unfair to those of us paying for college ourselves, but unfortunately that scholarship will only pay for about a full two years (four semesters) of college at UCLA, if Combs is a resident. So the number presented isn't actually "That Much" when you compare to the total average expenses Justin Combs is going to be paying for a four year degree. He'll be spending another $60,000 out of pocket, at the least. You can check UCLA's website to see that I am not lying to you. And that $60,000 out of pocket would be if he was considered a resident of California. Otherwise, they are deeming somewhere around $150,000 in expenses (being on the lower half of the spectrum if he lives off-campus). I think we can blame the University system, in some sense, for price-gouging their services. If the University system is a business, it is terribly expensive to learn.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Yen-Yaw

      By the way, those are only college-based expenses that UCLA provides. That does not include excesses: that's only what the University estimates one might be paying per 9 months of living. There is the consideration of the other three months of each of those four years. He might be looking at over $200,000. In that case, I would tell him to hold on to that scholarship for dear life, even if his dad is P. Diddy. After he's done with college, who knows how much the cost of living is going to inflate (and how much money his father may or may not have at that point or be willing to provide him with... he's got to be cut off at some point).

      May 30, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • Caroline

      It may still be terribly expensive, but his father can certainly afford it. He can afford all of it. And I doubt that there isn't another kid (just as qualified if not more so... 3.75 GPA? Please. No way that kid is any where near valedictorian). His dad's fame and his football game our what got him the money. There is no way you can tell me that that is based on academic merit. Should he HAVE to return it? No. Should the school have given it to him? No. Someone made a point about "where do we draw the line, how rich is too rich?" I'm going to say if your dad is in Forbes, if you get a super expensive car for your Birthday, if your high school tuition is more expensive than an average college, you are too rich to get help for college tuition.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  48. Jim in PA

    It was not a "need-based" scholarship, it was a "merit-based" scholarship. He should keep it, unless it can be proven that his performance doesn't exceed the required merit threshhold.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Caroline

      For me the problem is that he is probably not the only one that qualifies. Most colleges put names of qualifying applicants into a raffle. In which case he is doubly-lucky (rich dad plus raffle).

      May 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
      • John Paulson

        Not athletic scholarships. They are offered by coaches of the schools athletic teams. No one applies for an athletic scholarship. And I believe a student has to be admitted to the school 1st before an an athletic scholarship can be offered(not sure on that though)

        May 31, 2012 at 2:19 am |
  49. Celadon

    First of all, as everyone is saying, the kid earned it fair and square, so he should be able to collect it like everyone else.

    Not to mention it's none of anyone's business who his father is or how much money his father makes.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  50. R.w.

    He should not give it back. He earned fair and square.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  51. Robert

    I am pretty confident that Sean Combs will make scholarship money available to replace anthing it was perceived his son is taking away from others. However, the kid earned this and deserves the recognition that goes with the hard work he has put in. Don't hate the player ....

    May 30, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Dria

      I know that's rite. HE EARNED IT! not his dad. I'm sure he plays a big part with donating to the community but there not going to talk about that.....

      May 30, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  52. Job

    It all boils down to the rationale behind the scholarship. The main reason for offering a merit-based athletic scholarship is to increase the likelihood that the beneficiary would excel academically while meeting his duties as a student athlete. Eligibility requirements could specify a certain annual income threshold to ensure that the scholarship is offered to those who need financial assistance. Hence, the kid (and his father) should not be blamed for having the scholarship.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:50 am |
  53. sweet t

    The child earn it. Just like how he earned it, Others should work hard also

    May 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • el diablo

      If only you had worked that hard, you could type a coherent sentence.

      May 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
    • Robert

      Exactly!

      May 30, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  54. Lady T

    Justin doesn't have to return anything, his father has sent MANY less fortunate kids to college!! Justin earned it! PERIOD!!

    May 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
    • Luvacat2

      I agree!

      May 30, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Robert

      I second that!

      May 30, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  55. Lady T

    Did Donald Trump or Mitt Romney return their kids scholarships????

    May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  56. RicoTorpe

    Dat beez de reparayshuns, an sheeeeeiiiiiit! Gnomesane?

    May 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • mystery

      that beez yo ignorant azz!

      May 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  57. Adam

    How could you people possibly get sucked into this "he earned it" notion? If it wasn't for P. Diddy this kid wouldn't have this scholarship. How did he earn it on his own? Please explain. Because he didn't have the money to pay for the tutors, P. Diddy did. He didn't have the money to pay for football camps, his father did. So get gone with that "he earned it" BS. P. Diddy's money for tutors and football camps "earned it." This kid probably never worked a day in his life; he probably don't even clean his own room, this all is very sickening! You have college students like myself who struggle to make it through school while working, and after work TRY to find the time to study! This is sickening!

    May 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Lady T

      You wouldn't be sick if this was Romney's kid, so STHU!!

      May 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • Adam

        I'd be even sicker, so take your own advice and STHU. The government love ignorant people like you. That is the reason why the rich continues to get rich while the poor gets poorer. You must one of those fans who is all over the kid and his father's jock? I'm pretty convinced you are. I go to college and make pretty good grades, dean's list, but I don't have a full ride. And yes, I have worked hard but it becomes kind of tough after awhile. You know, 5-6 classes, then go directly to work and then come home and TRY to study? Or maybe you wouldn't know anything about that. How about I'm supposed to graduate next May and I wanted to do summer school, but guess what, my loans weren't enough to cover TWO classes! So guess what "Lady T," though you're much less than a lady with that potty mouth, but anyway guess what! I was force to withdraw from my classes. You disgust me with this "earned it" bull. Do you not take into account all of the other people who could have really "earned it" but they had to work to help their parents make ends meet. So you, please STHU! Until you have walked in my shoes, you won't understand the passion I have for such nonsense!

        May 30, 2012 at 1:53 am |
    • Anthony

      I know plenty of wealthy kids with the same opportunities. A tutor and football camps doesnt guarantee anything. Look at all the other rich kids who dont even go to college because they feel they can get anything from their parents...

      May 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
      • jamillah

        so very true

        May 31, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  58. Arguenot

    Plenty of schools give scholarships to "famous" kids, just for the chance of having said kid at their school, and the publicity it brings. A GPA of 3.75 is not at all impressive in today's 4.75 and up potential. And, wonder how good he really is at football.
    But, a scholarship is generally something Needed, as in a child would not otherwise get to even think about going to college without one.

    How are kids supposed to get the higher educations, better jobs, move up the pay scale so to speak, if the crazy rich ones keep all the money and opportunities?????

    May 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  59. Matthew G. Saroff

    Jeebus. Why don't you call the kid the "N-word" and be done with it.

    Guess what, Sean Combs makes less than a lot of people on Wall Street, by about $2 billion dollars a year, but because he's a rapper (though if it was Eminem's kid we would not be seeing this) you wouldn't even think of printing this stuff.

    May 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • ANGIE BROWN

      I LOVE IT SAY IT SAY IT....

      May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  60. Alan Tomlinson

    Why is this question not posed when the recipient is the child of a wealthy Beverly Hills family? Or the child of a hedge fund manager? Could it be because of race?

    No of course not. Race was never an issue in the US.

    Cheers,

    Alan Tomlinson

    May 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Arguenot

      I would say you are seeing it not because he is black, but because he is famous and front page tabloid news. No one knows who the hedge fund people are, and could care less (unless they are robbing us blind)

      This is news because of who Diddy is and his fame, not because of what color he is.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • RicoTorpe

      Do you know of any instances matching the scenario of a *famous*, wealthy white person's child receiving a similar scholarship?

      Remember, it has to be a FAMOUS person such as Sean Combs, because his celebrity is crucial to the news worthiness of the story.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  61. Mechelle

    While it's wonderful that this young man has a GPA and the talent to recieve this scholarship his dad can afford to send him to school. I am sick of paying for everybody the sick, the poor and the rich. When does the middle class get a break

    May 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Arguenot

      Never

      May 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
      • ANGIE BROWN

        NOW THAT IS FUNNY AND SO TRUE I WAS JUST THINK WHEN WILL I GET A BREAK. I BETTER WAKE UP DANG.

        May 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  62. KSH

    Good for Justin!

    As a merit-based scholarship winner, he should keep it, for sure.

    Whether or not his father chooses to donate to the school is a completely different, and personal question, that I have no business asking or answering.

    May 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  63. Kim

    He earned the scholarship and deserves to use it for his education. It is a merit based scholarship not need based. There are plenty of need based scholarship for the kid who needs one. Believe me I know we have searched and applied for many scholarhsips and so far received mostly rejection letters. Our son has a 4.0 gpa, served in leadership posiitions, National Honor Society etc. so far we have received $2,000 while kids with lesser credentials have received thousands more.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • Anthony

      Very true. I recieved a full ride based on need. My 4.0 gpa and the other accolades didnt do much but get me into the honors college at my university. I cant complain because i benefited but I can see the problem with some awards.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  64. Politician's school debt

    After reading the comments above, I think it is a great thing PDiddy's son earned a scholarship on merit. It is a valuble lesson and I bet one that will allow his son to hold his head high because he earned the money to go to school. No hand out. On another note, why doesn't CNN remind the world how Politician's kids are afforded school loans to go to school and don't have to pay them back!!! Talk about wasting tax paying dollars.

    May 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  65. KC

    He earned it – he deserves it. However – it woul dcertainly be a good will gesture for them to donate it back to student who also deserves it and cannot afford the eductaion they have earned.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  66. Justsaying

    This is not a NEED Based scholarship. The student has EARNED the merit-based scholarship based on his academic achievement. Why try to strip away HIS achievement because his father is wealthy? I'm certain there are others with wealthy parents receiving merit-based scholarships. Not to mention he will play a sport which generally comes with scholarship funds as well.

    May 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  67. RalfW

    You know what might be better to cover, CNN? Rising tuition as a result of dwindling state budgets. State budgets that are being hammered because the GOP says no new taxes, ever.
    That's a way more important story that this one-off example of a wealthy person's son who _earned_ a merit-based scholarship.

    May 29, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • RicoTorpe

      RalfW: "You know what might be better to cover, CNN? Rising tuition as a result of dwindling state budgets. State budgets that are being hammered because the GOP says no new taxes, ever."

      You are changing the subject. Regardless, CNN has been covering the tuition problem ever since it started.

      You have an opinion without facts, which makes you an EXCELLENT prospect for joining the TeaBaggger Party.

      May 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  68. SeanJ

    Whats the difference in him receiving a "merit-based scholarship" and the CEO of a major corporations son receiving a merti-based scholarship? He earned it, he deserves it and if he didnt get it, who is to say that a financially dependent student will receive it? He EARNED it based on his MERITs. The other kid(s) who didnt receive that type of scholarship did not qualify based on the factors that they were evaluated on.

    To say that his dad should donate "double the amount" of his sons earned scholarship to UCLA in 'hopes' that they give that money to a student that needs it equally CRAZY. They still wont get the money.

    BTW, I have a friend who is in the entertainment business and his sons both go to Morehouse. He pays their tuition in full at the beginning of the school year and some how they receive a refund check each semester from the school..... explain that.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  69. deeweezy72

    In the end.. who cares? I say this not to be mean, but the truth is people are going to think what they want to think. I've looked at all the previous commits and it has covered everything from, "he got it because of who his dad is", or "3.75 doesn't warrant that kind of scholarship", "Its not academic, its athletic", it goes on and on. You'd be surprise how many celebrity hate living in the shadows of their well-known parents, and now this kid has his own moment to shine and they want to take that away from him. He has nothing to do with his dad's accomplishments in the music industry and his dad didn't do his school work. I say let the kid have his moment in the spotlight.

    May 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • MNDaddy

      Bull! When my boys applied for college scholarships, loans, grants, etc. they always wanted to know the parents income level and used that in determining eligibility. We ended up paying a great part of our son's tuition and they are still paying tuition loans. Scholarships, Grants, awards should go to those who can prove the need and ability to obtain passing grades, not just be a great athlete. If the scholarship fund is provided by an athletic organization, then it is their option to decide the eligibility requirements.

      May 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • ANGIE BROWN

        LIFE IS MESSED UP AND SOMETIMES NOT FAIR TO ALL PEOPLE .

        May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
      • paul

        there are many different grants and scholarships for people getting into college depending on what state you live in. My state we have the lottery as one of our scholarships. Also it seems some dont understand that if the kid got it through atheletics then the boosters and sports revenues are paying for him to go there not taxpayers. He will have to earn that scholarship by making the team every year. i know in some cases they award a one year ride and at the end of the year if u didnt play your part you lose that scholarship and it goes to someone else. you also have to meet a gpa and hours also. I seen some of his high school tape and i dont see how he is that good i think he is like a 2 star prospect. i think UCLA is looking for publicity because two years ago they were losing the baseball program and a few other sports due to lack of funds. some how they managed to keep them when UCLA went to the college world series. Just dont see how you are about to cut sports programs from your school one year and then the next you are going over to the east coast offering to give a billionare son a 54000 scholarship for football when he isnt that good. way more talent around them for that

        May 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
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