Yahoo – Less than a year after Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, committed to play football at UCLA, state taxpayers are calling on the well-heeled freshman to turn over his $54,000 scholarship to students who need it more. In an interview with CNN, education contributor Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs’ merit-based scholarship, saying he earned it fair and square. At the Upstate New York prep school where Combs recently graduated, he maintained a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback for the football team. “He’s done what he needs to do to be successful and in ‘Ameritocracy’ we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit,” Perry said. There’s no denying Diddy can afford to send his son to college. The entertainment mogul was recently named the wealthiest artist in hip hop by Forbes Magazine, so far adding $45 million to his empire in 2012 alone. … “UCLA’s athletic department needs to consider the fact that perhaps there is another athlete on the football team, who could perhaps really use this scholarship,” UCLA student Neshemah Keetin told CBS Los Angeles.
Listen, if anybody knows about college debt it’s me. Last week I swear to God Sallie Mae called me just to breathe into the receiver a couple times and say “WE’RE COMING” before hanging up. Owing the government and private institutions tens of thousands of dollars never seems real until two years after you graduate. But it gets real. So just know that I’m coming from a place of common-man understanding.
Having said that, OF COURSE Puff Daddy’s kid should keep his scholarship. No fucking question. This is ‘Murica, and if a man earns a scholarship based on his own merit and excellence he deserves to keep it regardless of how many hundreds of millions his father Harlem Shook into his bank account. Let each man earn his own way. Has he benfitted from his father’s success — sure. Better schools, better lifestyle, hair like a Puerto Rican boy band member, etc. And sure maybe Justin brought Nicki Minaj as his date to his own 16th birthday, has a restaurant chain named after him, and has ‘Dior’ as his goddamned middle name, but it doesn’t change the fact that this scholarship was HIS victory.
Money can’t buy scholastic success, folks. What’s that? Oh it can? Okay I guess it can then.