|Sean 'Diddy' Combs son Justin is set to attend UCLA on a full athletic Scholarship this fall.|
@iamdiddy can afford to throw away $2 million in one night outing at a strip club. So the public outcry is simple 'give the scholarship to someone who really needs it"...Lol. (I don't know for public sha! Anyway, #letsproceed).
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 corner-back 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.
Mr Justin's scholarship one of about 285 full athletic scholarships UCLA awards each year, according to a statement issued Wednesday. Still, some students are barking, calling on the athletic department to reconsider the scholarship altogether. Probably there's another athlete- student on the football team who could make use of it. Well, just like Mr Perry said, "small Diddy' earned his scholarship and I think it would be quite unfair to rip it off him. The Young diddy is even yet to play in a UCLA football game, but he's already on the receiving end of some controversy. He’ll don a blue and gold jersey for the Pac-12 Bruins this fall.
In its response to criticism over the award, UCLA stressed its "robust financial aid program," 30 percent of which it said is funded by tuition and fee revenue:
"Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability — not their financial need. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters," the statement said.
#Gbam, case closed!