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. JWM

    He earned it and that is wonderful! My guess is that Daddy Diddy will make a donation. A great way to continue to teach son to pay it forward.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  2. mavjot

    His son earned it and should keep it. He has the right to use it for his education. I rather see it go to someone whom deserves it – than some illegal person sponging off my tax dollars!

    May 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Twl

      And what exactly makes him more deserving than an illegal immagrant? that he happened to win birth roulette. That is all that really differentiates him from any of the "illegals" you seem to detest. As a matter of fact, that's all that sperates you from them. Get off your high horse and have some compassion for other people and try putting yourself in someone elses shoes for a change.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
  3. Bryan Segers

    His son worked hard. He deserves the scholarship. Diddy, has lots of money, If I where in his shoes. I would donate money back to the college endowment to offset the scholarship. School happy, and son gets the pride of knowing he earned his scholarship fair and square.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
  4. Marty

    It has always been my belief that athletic scholarships should be abolished. They take away too many resources from real education and squander time and effort on a silly game. But that's merely my belief, not reality. On the other hand, if he earned it.....he should keep it.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  5. Figgy

    If he earned it he earned it. Its on his merit, not his fathers

    May 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Dee

    Why not have all "wealthy" people not accept anything from the government or anyone else? After all, they don't need it. (the school president and football coach probably would fall into that category). But then again, what ever happened to judging everyone by their own merits and characters and not their financial status? What about "All men are created equal" and all of that?

    May 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  7. StreetSmarts

    Wouldn't it be interesting if Diddy told his son (like most black parents with some money) that he would not pay for his son's education if he didn't keep up his grades. I think the fact that this is a educated young black man that comes from a family with money is the issue. If he were your steryotypical, under educated black male from a poor family in the "hood" but could throw a ball, there wouldn't be an issue at all. If he didn't fit all of the prerequisits/ guidelines for the SCHOLARship the school wouldn't have awarded it. A merit based scholarship is just that.. based on the merits of the student not the prominence of the parent. I certainly hope he accomplishes things in his life based on his own merit and doesn't think that being the son of a famous person is an accomplishment on it's own. Remember, you don't choose your parents and you darn sure can't control how much money they make.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  8. Dobie

    There are different kinds of scholarships. This one is not need-based, it is a merit scholarship. In other words – it goes to those who deserve it regardless of whether or not they need it. This young man earned it and should keep it. Nor should his father feel anything other than pride in his son's accomplishment. He is under no obligation, moral or otherwise, to pay back this scholarship. Kudos to this rap star for raising a such a talented (academically and athletically) son.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Miracle

      As u can see this article really rubs me because I'm aware that CNN UNDERSTANDS exactly what you have stated, yet, they put this crappy stuff out here daily, to get DUMB REACTION from those who CNN knows won't know any better, other than to spew a mouth-full of biased garbage.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
  9. Richard

    If he earned it, he earned it. I just hope the system of awarding scholarships is universally fair to all. Personally, I find it hard for a 3.75 GPA to be awarded that kind of money.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Dobie

      You are looking at someone that is a talented football player, with a 3.75 GPA. This is a bit more rare to be talented both academically and athletically.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  10. Miracle

    One other suggestion for you CNN, since Anderson Cooper's family is rich, why not FIRE him and give that job to someone who really NEEDS TO WORK ?
    Based on your twisted logic, that'd be the right thing to do as well, wouldn't it !

    May 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • dnajah

      @Miracle – I like the way you think!

      May 31, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  11. Dee

    Why not have all "wealthy" people decline any money that the government or anyone else owes them? After all, they don't need it. But then again, why not reward effort, no matter the financial status of the individual? "All men are created equal" or something like that.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  12. Big Daddy

    Scholarships should be need based.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  13. GDaddy

    He should absolutely return it. My daughter had a higher GPA, and I have to pay full freight, and it hurts. Mr. Diddy, why did you even apply for a scholarship? Are you that greedy? This in no way is rascist or meant to take anything away from the son's accomplishments, good job Justin. But those who can well affort it should pay, and let the limited scholarship money flow to those who actually need it.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Patrick

      Gdaddy, please read the article before you start your rant. Mr. Diddy did not apply for a scholarship, his son received a merit scholarship based on his athletics. Good for your child for obtaining a higher GPA, I did too. The difference is that both your child and myself were not stellar athletes to get a merit scholarship. I am tired of people complaining that others who succeed in life and make money should somehow pay for others. Leave the country if you do not like the system.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Dangler

      Diddy's son probably earned a 3.75 GPA from a much better school than your daughter. Your daughter is also not one of the top football prospects in the nation.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • Andrea Underwood

      When a school chooses you for some scholarships , it is not becasue you applied . The school chooses you , especially for athletic scholarships. They are paying for his talent .

      May 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  14. A

    This is not a communist society. He earned it, he can keep it. Good for him!

    May 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  15. sallyinChicago

    The same thing happened to Denzel Washington's son, who got a football scholarship. Denzel offered to pay for his college tuition, but the school turned him down.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  16. Terrelle

    I think we all know why UCLA gave the scholarship. Their football program stinks and they know if they lure P Diddys son it will bring them much needed publicity and god knows how much money from the richest daddy in hip hop. I say let him keep his scholarship and lets see if big shot daddy will pony up some of his own money for the university. That is after all, what UCLA wants right? Daddy can by his 16 year old a $300,000 car and throw him a birthday bash that cost more than the merit based scholarship we are all talking about, then Daddy can donate the same amount to the University. Come on P Diddy...lets see some redistribution of wealth or does that only work for rich white folks?

    May 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • scott

      of course there is always someone who will bring race into this. I was just waiting for you.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  17. Jim

    keep it he earned it

    May 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  18. Miracle

    So happy to see that only around 100 pple have bothered to comment on this RAACIST CNN article.

    Hope little Justin never gets wind of this, as he begins his young adult life, he will have plenty of time to deal with the Systemic-Double-Standard-Raacism of this country, once he graduates.
    The nerve of u pple, why don't you ask Mitt Romney to pay for those other needy kids u mention, he's rich also u know !!

    May 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Jessica

      What's racist about the article. It's racist to put racial bias into things where it did not exist.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  19. Maria A

    He sure earned it, but considering his wealthy father can afford to pay for his studies while others' only hope for college is through a scholarship, the morally right thing for him to do would be either decline the scholarship so another person who really needs it can get it, or his famous father donating an equivalent amount for another student who is not in the same financially affluent position.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Miracle

      Better yet Maria, why don't you and all who think like you, get together and make donations to cover the costs for all those needy kids, you're so concerned about !

      May 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Kahill

      I agree. Diddy should make a same amount check for charity, another student, or offer to fund a scholarship for a future student.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
    • Arizonas

      Why is this a even a question ? P diddy is very wealthy , but let's understand something ! He does not hold a candle to the folks on Forbes 400!!!! Many of the these individuals children have excepted full paid scholarships !! Never once have I ever read a question like this opposed to anyone on that list. So what's this really about ??.....

      May 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  20. Paul C

    Return it – this is not a family with need. And this is not Justin's scholarship as it is highly unlikely that he would have paid for school himself anyway. He may have 'earned' it, but he's not paying his own way through school and will likely never see a tuition bill, a housing bill or have to call Daddy Diddy for any money as he probably has a car, an expense account and whatever else he needs. I doubt this kid would appreciate it.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • theonenonlyrach

      @Paul C: You doubt the kid would appreciate it? He earned a 3.75 GPA. What kid do you know that doesn't appreciate their schooling makes a 3.75 GPA? None that I know. All those kids that get free rides from Mommy and Daddy at college flunk out repeatedly all the time, I highly doubt that would be the case here. Try again.

      May 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  21. jonp

    3.75 GPA and an accomplished student athlete? Sounds like he worked hard to get to where he is now; he deserves the scholarship.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  22. Nick

    Good for Justin for working so hard to earn the scholarship. Similar situations occur all the time though, its a shame that he's now the focus of this discussion. Its not a positive way to start your college career.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • sallyinChicago

      Agree, at least he's going to college and not trying to be a reality (cough cough!) Whitney's daughter.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  23. Miracle

    Helllll no, it's not Diddy's scholarship TO return. It's Justin's scholarship !
    Diddy is perfectly capable of writing a $54,000 check to any (charity) of his choice !

    I betcha he writes those types of checks on a regular basis.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  24. Anna

    The only reason he got any scholarship money or a place on the football team is because he is the son of Sean Combs. UCLA knows that if they get this kid on the team his father will donate a lot of money. They are not stupid. It is a money game and it is being played at schools across the U.S. I would hope that they do not accept the scholarship money so it can be passed on to someone that truly needs it.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • lvenduresall

      Diddy did not earn the grades, not did he play football. This young man has stayed out of trouble to make a name for himself, not to always be known as Diddy's son. He should keep it, he earned it. Hope others we see how to make their own way and not depend on daddy nor mommy.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
  25. Zoe

    It is obscene that he was even considered for that scholarship. He is robbing another person of a college education. If they take it they have no honor. But he will take the money and his daddy will sell a lot more records and they will go on being rich and some kid will go on to a future in fries and tacos.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  26. P

    i'm glad his son worked hard and qualified for this scholarship. But, since so many college students can not afford to attend college i think he should give it back and have his dad pay for it. His dad can afford it and others can not.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  27. dan

    you people are idiots ,i dont care if he is the smartest kid on the planet and he is the best athlete on the planet
    he shoundnt be given a dime by fools cant see the school is using this as publicity ,they should never have given the kid a dime

    May 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  28. Fay

    It was a merit based scholarship – not a needs based scholarship. He should be allowed to keep it. However, because of hisfathers immense wealth, they ought to donate a similar portion or make some kind of good faith charitable contribution to kids who cant afford college but that should be their personal decision.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
  29. Deseree

    3.75 GPA should NOT bring a $54,000 scholarship. That is crazy. If they are paying that because he can play football, then they should say so. Diddy should turn down the money. He can pay like the majority of the middle class. When his son gets a 4.0 or better, then I'll say he earned it.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • TMSH

      Deg...I was thinking the same thing...3.75 does not equate to $54k scholarship...especially when there are kids out here with higher GPAs...geesh...glad the young man took his studies seriously though

      May 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  30. markadler

    Scholarships are based on scholarship, not need. He earned it. He keeps it.

    The rich dad, if decent, should contribute ten times that amount to a needs-based grant program at UCLA.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  31. kate

    his son should keep the scholarship as he did earn it and it's a good life lesson for him. However, P-diddy should match that scholarship and donate it to the same charity that gave his son the merit for outstanding scholar performance.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  32. Brookdale66

    Sean Combs is a dishonest, narcissistic con man. He has no discernible talent in music or fashion. The numbers being bandied about are complete fiction created by him. He has been sued by people that did business with him more times than there are comments on this thread.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Jessica

      What exactly does that have to do with his son? If anything that is a argument for the kid to keep the scholarship. Diddy never married the child's mother and if I remember correctly his parents were in a child support dispute in court for a couple of years because Diddy didn't want to pay what the court ordered. As any single mother will tell you just because the father can and should pay doesn't mean they will.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • lvenduresall

      and this has what to do with Justin getting a scholarship? Yeah Diddy maybe corrupted, don't know and do not care. This young man is making his own way. Let it be. Children have nothing to do with adult business. Let him be a man apart from his father.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  33. Michael

    Congratulations to the young man.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  34. Loucy

    Diddy can't afford USC?

    May 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  35. Jackie

    No, his son earned the scholarship through hard work in sports and keeping up his GPA . P Diddy may have influenced the path or direction his son took or maybe he had nothing to do with it, either way his son earned it so he should keep it.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  36. Rosalind

    He deserves the scholarship , he should keep it, he earned it himself. If his father wants to donate his own money, which I know he has done so... well he can continue to be generous...Stop deciding & making judgements for other people...mind your own business...envy...envy...envy...

    May 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  37. Cindy

    I think it should be left up to his son. He earned it honestly. so he should decide.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  38. Jay

    Congrats Justin.
    You are a smart kid with great athletic abilities.

    Now teach your dad a thing or two about human decency.

    SUGGESTION – That 17-year old Texas honors student girl who has two jobs and is supporting herself and her siblings since her parents divorced.

    THAT would get you MAD PROPS and STREET CRED, YO.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Herb

      Awesome suggestion!!!

      May 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  39. Kristen

    Ummm...he did earn it, but he should return it. I believe I watched his Sweet 16 b-day party on MTV, and it was crazy lavish. Far more than any $54k. There are need-based students who have also earned a place at college who would benefit from his refusal of the scholarship. That is all.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  40. bored already

    P. Diddy may be a turd, but at least his son isn't one of those d-bags trying to freeload a living for the next 50 years. Let the son keep what he earned.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  41. Jose

    Congratulations, P. Diddy on your son's accomplishments, you must be very proud. An athlete and more importantly an outstanding scholar! He is rare in today’s youth. I salute you as a parent. I wish him the best in his bright future.

    Please, celebrate your son's success by giving another deserving student the same opportunity that your son enjoyed.
    "Thefuture of an empire depends on the education of it's youth" (A quote from a very wish man.)

    May 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  42. Chollaberry

    Merit or need aside, the kudos this young man would earn for returning the money would be a lesson in grace. He is privileged, and he has this moment to start deciding the type of man he will become. That said, I'm willing to bet he'll keep the money and justify it with "I earned it". His father drops that kind of money on a party. Another deserving kid who also "earned it", albeit the hard way, will do without.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  43. Rochelle

    He earned it and he should keep it! Merit based is not the same as need based scholarships. He did the work, he should get the reward. Now.. it would be nice if Diddy would match it in a donation to a charity of his son's choosing as yet another reward and positive reinforcement for his exceptional achievement.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Puff Ripoff

      Any surprised that the same losers who support Obama don't want to give back the scholarship? Puff Bogus Daddy shuld man up and return the money. Loser Obama supporter.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Bobby B.

        I think he earned the scholarship on his own merits and should keep it, its not his fault that his father is rich and famous (if his father buys him a nice car to drive around in as well as a home to live in during his tenure are you going to say he (Diddy) should do the same for less fortunate students no I doubt you think other wealthy non famous named parents with children in the same category have their children turn down scholarships you better believe they don' let him use what he earned. I think the noble thing for P Diddy to do is follow in the footsteps of Denzel Washington who's son was also award a football scholarship he attempted to turn it down stating he could afford to pay for his son's education and the football coach said to him "your son earned the right" so Denzel donated money towards the school .

        May 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  44. Eric of Reseda

    Take it away...but only if you deny every other child of a millionaire their merit-based scholarship as well. Why are we singling out Diddy here?

    May 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  45. svan1017

    Good job Justin, however, it would be a generous gesture to suggest the school give it to a student who can't afford college.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
  46. rosemary davis

    I am sure there are a lot of other kids who have earned scholarships that have wealthy parents,this was not given too him but based on his academic achievements so I feel if someone has worked hard to gain merits on his or her own and not that of there parents than they should be allowed to receiive scholarship funds.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  47. Brit

    One of the main reasons this is so controversial is because it is coming from the State of California, which happens to have BILLIONS of dollars of structural deficits year after year in their budget. They have dramatically cut education funding, social service funding. Allegations of child abuse are simply going uninvestigated because they have had to lay off so many social workers. Crimes are going unprosecuted because of lack of funds to hire prosecutors. Their school systems, both at the primary, high school, and college levels have seen classes and faculty cut drastically, yet we have an extra $54,000 laying around to give to the son of a multi-millionaire celebrity, who happens to be a good football player and who has good, but not stellar grades. He may have earned it, but he doesn't need it, and California doesn't have it to give, period. What happened to all this "we are broke" and "the government doesn't have any more money?" If this were a time of prosperity, this would be a non-issue, but our states, California definitely one of them, are in the midst of an economic crisis, so non-essential spending, such as this, needs to be the first thing that gets cut.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • so diddy

      Congradulations Diddy Jr...... now do the noble thing and donate the 54,000 to a needy person or two..... or three...

      May 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Bobby B.

      Brit..It's a merit scholarship inwhich he earned..UCLA can afford to give as many football scholarships as allowed under NCAA rules..obviously he's a good player..I don't understand you people hating on him for his accomplishments because he has a wealthy father..

      May 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Understanding

    I'm sure Mr. Combs did not work that hard because his daddy has money. Nobody should be allowed to say somebody is undeserving because they were lucky enough to have a parent with a good job. He is obviously intelligent and an athlete; he deserves it.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  49. BTK

    Does he deserve the scholarship? With a 3.75 GPA and successful football career ahead of him, I would say yes, he probably does deserve it. Should he keep it? No, I do not think he should keep it.

    I have a feeling that we will be able to judge the man by his character when we hear if he accepts or rejects the scholarship. My guess, if he has any class at all, is that he will understand other people have a greater need for that money and hopefully he is humble enough kindly refuse and allow another student athelete a chance to follow their dreams.

    Only time will tell.

    May 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Aimee

      I agree. He is obviously intelligent and talented. Good for him for earning the scholarship. However, he should respectfully decline since his wealthy beyond reason father can pay for his education without putting the slightest dent in his fortune.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
      • lvenduresall

        Basically, you are saying that despite how much he has worked, stayed in school, stayed out of trouble, he should not be rewarded because his daddy has money. That is the craziest thing ever. Giving it back would be saying that "I do not have to work hard at anything, because my daddy will pay my way." Just dumb.

        May 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  50. Robert

    Why should he give it back? He earned it. Plus, P-Diddy hasn't been making much money, so for people who are judging that he's a walking bank, that's a lie. SO NO, he shouldn't give it back, because he earned it. And it's really hard to maintain a 3.75 GPA AND play a sport like football...

    May 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • BTK

      @Robert: Obviously you don't keep up with who the wealthiest people in hip-hop are. P Diddy made $45 MILLION LAST YEAR ALONE. His Net Worth is $500 MILLION DOLLARS.

      You Sir, have no idea what you're talking about.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  51. osubill

    The only thing about this that would seem to be controversial to me is calling the money "merit based" as if that has something to do with his GPA. In california a 3.75 won't even get most kids into UCLA or Berkley. This is a football/ please donate admission and a football/please come and have your dad donate scholarship

    May 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Anna

      Totally agree with you osubill!

      May 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • kholland

      So true. According to UCLA's website, the average GPA of admitted students is 4.34. How does a 3.75 earn admission much less a merit based scholarship?

      May 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
      • BaltoPaul

        It depends on the grading scale. At many schools, straight As will give you a grade point average of 4.0. Anything above that is not possible on that scale. If he got a "scholarship" for a 3.75 GPA, I hope it is on a 4.0 scale!

        May 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
      • kholland

        Keep in mind, a 4.34 GPA is possible at many high schools. Advanced Placement and Honors classes are weighted higher. In those cases, they are on a 5.0 scale. Students earning straight A's in those classes or even A's and B's can graduate with a higher than 4.0 GPA.

        May 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  52. Milind

    My daughter has 4.67 GPA and rank is 5% in school , she did get any scholarship because she was told I make higher income , while in true reality we can not afford to pay without taking a loan
    so strange to know that how rules get different for different people

    May 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • tallywa

      Your daughter probably applied only to need-based scholarships then. You didn't have a need. If she didn't get any scholarships that were based on merit, than she simply wasn't good enough and didn't do enough to stand out.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Jessica

      Millind – It's not different rules for different people, but way to go on the conspiracy theory. It's different rules for different schools and states. What you are saying would only make sense if your daughter were a candidate at UCLA.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • BaltoPaul

      If your daughter could play football, she might rate a scholarship. That's where our priorities are in this country.

      Also, it wouldn't hurt if you were famous and filthy rich. If you were, schools would offer your child a "merit based scholarship" to stroke your ego, so you'd break out the checkbook and donate 10 times what that scholarship cost them.

      May 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  53. sue

    I am sure he is proud, and should be. I don't blame him, but I do the schools. When determining who get a scholarship they schools should take into consideration the family's ability to pay. It's ashame, but there are so many kids out there that carry the same GPA if not better, and can't get a scholarship or receve financial aid. The shools like big names, rich kids, and more importantly big names for their alumni. They look at the future donation possibilities, and whoever thinks otherwise, doesn't realize it's a business and business looks at the big picture

    May 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • beastwork

      what kid do you know that "can't" get a scholarship with a 3.75 GPA? You sound like you're speaking out of your southern region.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • BaltoPaul

        Beastwork, a 3.75 GPA won't get you a merit based scholarship anywhere, unless you are also a football or basketball player. If you can dunk a basketball *and* get a 3.75 GPA, then you're freakin' amazing. If you have a 4.0 and play girl's field hockey, your parents can afford to send you to school.

        May 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  54. j williamson

    This was primarily a race-based scholarship – let's not tip-toe around the facts. Yes, there are wealthy black people too – shouldn't this award go to a more poor, but hard-working individual? (Of any race!)

    May 28, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Virgina

      @jwilliamson, we know you are rascaltiger, so quit spreading your racism.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • frank booth

        That's fine, j williamson. Since you know this, just provide us to a link with the nature of the scholarship so that we can see the type of award that that is.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  55. donna

    I'm just surprised to see "3.75 g.p.a." and hip-hop" in the same article.

    Keep the money, the young man is a high achiever and deserves it.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
  56. ANAP

    Do we really want the children of the wealthy to not learn how to earn things themselves. It sounds like he is a great athlete and student and that deserves reward, especially in the form of education. I am sure the Combs family will donate and contribute to UCLA over the course of his time there and that the amount of the earned scholarship will pale in comparison to such donations. I think we can teach our children no greater lesson than hard work pays off!

    May 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  57. Juls3000

    Warren Buffet doesn't share with his family. Why would the expectation be there for Diddy or any other rich person?

    May 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • vilap

      'cause he gave same son a $360,000 vehicle for his 16th birthday?

      May 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  58. Howie76

    I have noticed that is seems more upper middle class and wealthy individuals get scholarships. Many times there is someone who knows the family from the organization it comes from. Just sayin!

    May 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • BaltoPaul

      Howie, merit based scholarships are just that; those who have the highest grades, test scores, and athletic ability get them. However, I suspect that if my daughter gets a perfect 4.0 and plays field hockey or soccer, she won't rate a merit based scholarship that a 3.75 GPA football player can get. There's "merit", and then there's "football or basketball merit."

      There are needs based scholarships out there as well, intended to go to qualified students who need the assistance more than others. My daughter won't ever see one of those, either. I stupidly bought a house I can actually afford, so I can *afford* to pay for her schooling.

      Oh well, maybe her musical career will take off.

      May 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  59. Tim

    He earned it. Children of rich people earn scholarships every day and you don't hear about it.
    Keep mit.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • st

      True, but with a 3.75 GPA? Give me a break! There are kids with a 4.2 GPA and still they don't get scholarships.Return it and let someone with a higher GPA get it.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • Virgina

        @st, there is no such thing as a 4.2 GPA....the scale goes up to 4.0.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • frank booth

        st, scholarships aren't based on GPA only. They can be based on the activities that the kid did in school, charity activities, leadership, and a variety of other items. You clearly don't understand how scholaships work. I have a son with a lower GPA who did some really good, constructive, and community-promoting projects and received a 40K scholarship from where he is going. Oftentimes, the GPA is just one component in the evaluation of a scholarship.

        People seem to think that there are two types of scholarship- grade based, and athletic based- and that is just far from the case.

        And the scholarship is for his kid, not for him. It's not a given that parents are always going to pay for their kids educations, and just because they can, it doesn't mean that they have to.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • TracieCA

        @ Virginia ... the scale does surpass 4.0 when students take Honors and AP classes. Honors and AP classes are graded on the 5.o scale

        May 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  60. Grill King 529

    3.75 GPA and is good enough to play NCAA Div 1 Football? It appears he worked hard and it is his hard work that is being rewarded and not because of who his dad as a Conservative Republican I say he keeps his scholarship and continues to define what a STUDENT ATHELETE should be....student first and athelete second.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Anna

      Grill King 529 if you think that his daddy and his status had nothing to do with him getting a spot on the football team and gain admission to the school, then you have no idea what goes on in football recruiting. UCLA knows that this scholarship money given to him is going to pay off with very large donations from daddy. Div 1 football teams across the states have players just like him on the rosters. It's all about the dollar.

      May 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  61. Chuck

    Isn't Sean Coombs one of the 1%? I thought the 1% should pay their fair share.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Dan

      Totally agree here! However, he I would say that Diddy pay his fair share, his share in raising a child that could achieve the grades and discipline required to get the scholarship.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
      • Dan

        and Justin paid his share by doing what it took to earn the acheivement.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  62. RoughRider

    It's amazing how many people are jealous because this kid worked hard in academics and sports and won a merit scholarship...... Saying he only got it because he is black or his dad is rich... @rascaltiger I don't know why you didnt get your scholarship but saying diddy's son only recieved the scholarship because he is black is very bigotted and it shows one can have a PHD and still be a bigot.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • vilap

      Why would anyone be jealous of his hard work?

      May 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  63. david

    scholarships reward excellence. keep it, kid. then show the world that you are a man and take it and sponsor some financially challenged and deserving student. you dont need the cash, but you earned it. keep up the good work.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
    • sws222

      First sensible post so far.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  64. Mike

    I just thankful that junior is literate.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  65. Chuck

    Merit based scholarships are often denied because the parents make "too much money". Whay should this be different?

    May 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  66. Rick101

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with him earning and receiving a scholarship, It would be nice if his family at least matched the scholarship with a donation of their own. Pay it forward.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  67. A thought

    Shouldn't this child, or any child (famous parent or not) know that by THEIR hard work and/or skill that THEY earned something themselves, without having mommy or daddy or whomever help them. Doesn't this teach children that you need to earn your way and not get things handed to you (trust me, I know and am sure that Diddy does hand plenty of things to his children and he can because he does make a lot of money)?

    I think this can possibly be something that young Mr. Combs can look at as an accomplishment because of HIM not because of a famous relative.

    I hear that perhaps Sean Combs (Diddy) could pony up for a charity or a funding of his own-on his own. But who are we to tell him what to do with his money? And, just because it didn't say it in the story, how do we know that this isn't already something in the works?

    I feel like to often times, people get on these comment/message boards just to say something negative about someone else.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • vilap

      Hahahahahaha....Daddy (uh, Diddy) gave him a $360,000 car for reaching his 16th birthday...guess that took hard work as well.

      May 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  68. sara

    It's not just about the money, when applying for jobs or advanced programs like graduate school or other opportunities being able to list that you were the recipient of a merit scholarship award can be an important part of the application.

    With that in mind, since he presumably did earn it based on academic and athletic merit, he should keep it. BUT as others have said, it would be a nice gesture if the family, and others who are wealthy, would donate back to the school so students who are high achievers, but don't have the financial means could also attend.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  69. Scott

    Whoever is funding the merit scholarship, which is likley the colllege he will be attending (in whole or at least in part), will in the long run will benefit. Having a kid from this wealthy a family attending the college (perhaps being an alumni eventaully) will recope any mnoney being given for the scholarship by 100 fold. So the argument if he should give it back or not is irrelevant and all that sgould be aid is, good going kid. Your smart just like you fathr !

    May 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  70. j

    Merit scholarships go out to kids all the time regardless of need. Schools offer them to certain students they want to attend. My husband was offered a full ride to our state university despite the fact that his parents could afford the tuition. He choose not to take it because he wanted a different school. I'm sure Combs will support the school through donations anyhow.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  71. Dan

    "Merit Based"..... who the hell defines who gets these scholorships anyway? Merit based my ass, how about a kid who did equally as well as this kid, but his parents are not filthy rich get the scholorship? I'm SURE there is another kid whose parents make 70-80K per year who was denied money because his parents make too much. Gimme a break.... Its a nice gesture I suppose. The kid should be congratulated on his hard work and even just being accepted to UCLA. But someone who is essentially already set up for life because his parents are filthy rich is just NOT DESERVING of government aid for ANYTHING.... If this article was about P. Diddy's son moving out on his own and getting approved for food stamps, people would be humming a much different tune!

    May 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  72. JEFF

    What a dumb question! UCLA isn't BSC bound with or without him!

    May 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  73. Obey

    If you cannot spell scholarship correctly then I dont think you have the right to say whether or not the moneyshould be donated. (in my opinion)

    May 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Howie76

      might try a little editing???

      May 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  74. tharpy

    Since the article says this is a merit based and NOT a need based scholarship, there shouldn't be any issues with him getting the award. End of story (this isn't a CNN worthy story)

    May 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Robert (Atlanta)

      And most of us are arguing that marginal football skills + marginal academic achievement does not equal "merit", unless, of course, your parents are rich and/or famous.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  75. jimzcarz

    He earned it, Not his father..He should be allowed to keep it..Not that a reciprocating donation wouldn't hurt his Dad's integrity

    May 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  76. smartgirl

    He should KEEP it. It was based on merit and he deserved it.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • rascaltiger

      If it was based on merit...which I highly double, I nkow many people who have higher GPA's and cant get anything

      May 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • Tom

        double what??

        May 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
  77. Smart Human

    I don't think he should return the scholarship, but Diddy should pony up a $54,000 donation to the scholarship fund.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • duh!duh!

      did any of you see the sweet sixteen party he through for one of his sons, that alone cost more than triple 54 thousand.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • Smart Human

        @duhduh, Do you mean "threw"? Duh! indeed....

        May 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
  78. Duncan

    I'm glad to see that Justin earned the scholarship and that he earned it through merit and hard work. Perhaps Diddy is not going to pay for Justin's college since one usually has to apply for scholarships. If that is the case, then let this young man earn his way in the world and not ride on the back of his daddy's wealth. Having said that though...if Justin applied for the scholarship just to see what happen and his daddy is willing and able to pay for college, then the scholarship should be turned down or perhaps another scholarship set up from Diddy in the same amount. Either which way, I hope this young man takes his college opportunity and uses it wisely.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  79. rascaltiger

    Lets get to the basis of this, he only got the merit based scholarship because he was black, not because of anything else. I also graduated high school with 3.90 GPA, was #10 in my class, played 4 years of varsity softball, was president of my student body, but could I get a, because I was a white person with parents who made just enough to survive, but not enough to send their child to college...Are there any scholarships for clearly white people..I think this is the biggest issue with the scholarships.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Smart Human

      Racist much?

      May 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
      • rascaltiger

        Actually, not a all...I am sick and tired of seeing all these great people joining the military to pay for their school and then get killed in action supporting your free life! I've spent 10 years in the military defending your freedom, watching many friends die in combat. I've worked proudly with everyone and every type of person, from pink, green, white and so on. so if you need to say I'm racist, then you need to think about who gave you your free lifel

        May 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Smart Human

        @rascaltiger, how is it you know so much about my life? I could be a military commander, for all you don't know anything except that you came on a forum to tell everyone you think a guy got a scholarship just because he is black, then you denied being a racist. You need to read up on the definition of racist.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Boombastic

      But that GPA does not count since you went to a school in the trailer park

      May 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
      • rascaltiger

        Try again...I know have a phD, all funded DEFENDING YOUR FREEDOM!

        May 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
      • Smart Human

        @rascaltiger, there is no way in hell you have a Ph.D. You can't even SPELL Ph.D.! You're just another redneck with a chip on his shoulder who is mad that a black man got ahead of you. I am certain you have "problems" with Obama too..however sorry for your loss of your fellow compatriots.

        May 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  80. Pona

    I think he should do the right thing...I see both sides of this very clearly but I feel if he can fully support his child with there college tuition then Combs should "donate" the 54k to a family who is in dire need to send there child to school. Didn't Combs just brag about spending millions at strip joints? And how many college tuitions, weaves, and other things he paying for those women...Now he has an opportunity to do it again. Like i said I hope he does the right thing…

    May 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • joyc

      I think he should keep the scholarship. He earned it but his father should donate 54,000 to another student athlete who maybe just fell short of the scholarship.

      May 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • leprechaun

        Great idea! (I agree

        May 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • chriskorus


        May 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  81. sirays

    He may have truly in fact earned it (although it is hard to believe that someone didn't do better than 3.75, sounds to me like his name had a lot to do with his "earning" this scholarship), just out of honor he should give it to someone who truly needs it and could not go to college without help.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  82. Allas

    He earned it so he should keep it. And other merit based awardees, whose parents earn enough to pay their college tuition -surprisingly you dont have to be a millionaire to do it-should be able to keep theirs as well. And like I tell my children this is my money not yours 🙂

    May 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  83. JakeF

    Of course he should *not* return it. He earned it.

    Only the shortsighted don't see that Diddy and his son will donate to the university for many, many years to come. (millions...)

    May 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Smart Human

      @JakeF How do you know he will donate "for years to come"???? You don't.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  84. Bryan

    It's a merit based scholarship so he earned it through hard work. From a PR point of view I think it would be a good move for his father to set up a need based scholarship of the same amount, but it's certainly not necessary and his son should not be vilified for accepting a scholarship that he earned.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  85. James

    The young man earned his scholarship and deserves it. If he and his father have a good relationship, then Dad should offer to pay the cost to free up the money for another deserving student. If not, the young man is earning his own way.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  86. liz

    The kid earned the scholarship but the family can afford the tuition at UCLA one hundred times over and other families can't so if they returned it another kid can get an education.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  87. cantsee

    He should thank them since he achieved it on his own merit, and then donate it to another in need as a goodwill gesture.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • sirays

      that is the perfect answer cantsee

      May 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  88. Glay

    Let someone who is needy get this scholarship instead of someone who plays football. P. Diddy should be ashamed of himself for teaching his son to be so selfish!!!!

    May 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  89. Ron

    He should keep it and Dad create a Comb Family scholarship for $54k a year.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  90. Freddy

    I had a 3.98 GPA in high school and didn't get anything because my parents' combined income was above $70K (and not by much). Seems fair to me. By the way, I was captain of the varsity cross country and wrestling teams and section leader of the trumpet section in marching band and the orchestra. I was also lead trumpet player in the jazz band.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  91. virginia

    This is a MERIT scholorship NOT a NEED based scholorship. Merit scholorships are earned by the student for academics and other accomplishments. Need based scholorships are granted to students based on financial need, parents ability to pay. He earned the scholorship. Just because his father is wealthy doesn't mean that he intends to pay for all of college. Maybe he put some of the responsibility for the cost on his son. Posters have no idea what the situation is.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • my name is virginia too

      are you kidding me right now?! you seriously think a mega millionaire's kid should keep the scholarship and another deserving kid who cant afford UCLA should stay home and go to some cuommunity college? Let's see if the diddy family has any class. cause if they do the money will be returned and then I will say, "Good job, kid."

      May 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Virgina

      My name is Virgina.

      May 28, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  92. Mitch

    He's earned it and it should be his decision, but if his father had ANY sense of decency, he would pick up the tab to free it up for another students, but decency and Diddy are not synonymous.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Marcellas

    Sean Combs is a millionaire but his son isn't. To deny an adult scholarships earned because of parental wealth is ridiculous.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • Mitch

      As opposed to giving scholarships on the basis of need or race?

      May 28, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • my name is virginia too

      Denying scholarships based on the parent's wealth happens everyday!!

      May 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Chuck

      It may be ridiculous but that's been the standard for a long time. Do you want to change it now for Coombs?

      May 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  94. Kris

    It would be a nice gesture for him to return it since they obviously don't need the financial assistance, but he has as much right as anyone else to be rewarded for his hard work and accomplishments.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  95. Liss

    The article states that the scholarship is merit based, not need based. It has nothing to do with his father. I'm proud of any student who works hard. He should absolutely keep it. In fact, I think his father should insist that he does. Way to go, Justin! Keep up the great work!

    May 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  96. jmlatinsir

    yes he might have earned it through his academic and athletic skills but his father can still pay for his education.
    With the cost of college what it is now, that money should be going to students who have also worked hard but cannot afford it.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  97. wazuri77

    Justin Combs earned the scholarship through his grades and athletic ability, and deserves to keep it.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  98. Rational

    He earned it. He should be able to keep it and forge his way without relying on daddy.

    May 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Stacie

      Well said!

      May 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  99. hamsta

    @ carla you are mistaken. scholarships always were 100 Percent about performance until politicians started changing things and screwing it all up.

    May 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  100. Carla

    Yes, his father can pay for him. Schoolarships also are based on need amd Diddy Pity is not in need.

    May 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
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