Rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs' son Justin gets an athletic scholarship but faces some criticism because his father is rich.
(Image Source: Media MRS.com ) BY JON REHAGEN It all comes down to whether wealthy students should get scholarships. This comes after Justin Combs received a $54,000 athletic scholarship. KMAX has this . “...Justin Combs earned a full scholarship to UCLA, but critics say he can afford to pay his own way. That’s because his father is the wealthy hip-hop producer Sean Combs known as ‘Diddy’.” Students who have a hard time paying for college are not happy about this situation. KCBS reports UCLA student Neshemah Keetinfeel feels those scholarships could be put to better use. “...the UCLA athletic department needs to consider the fact that perhaps there’s another athlete on the football team who could perhaps really use this scholarship.” Combs is receiving the scholarship to play football for UCLA this fall. CNN education contributor Dr. Steve Perry suggests there is nothing wrong with it. “He's done what he needs to do to be successful and in 'Ameritocracy' we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit.” Others like The Stir writer Jeanne Sager worry about the message it sends. “It tells them there is no reason to have a work ethic. Because whatever you do, you're judged not on your accomplishments but the size of your parents’ wallet.” Josh Dehaas is a writer for the Canadian magazine Maclean’s. He sees this as yet another way to mock collegiate athletics in America. “While the funding for Combs’ scholarship is technically from private sources, it adds insult to injury for less lucky students in a state where universities fund football to the tune of $411 per student.” But UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told LA Weekly athletic scholarships aren’t based on a student’s financial need and don’t cost the taxpayers anything. “Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded by Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters...” Combs hasn’t said anything yet about whether he will accept the money.