Justin Combs is well on his way to UCLA with a $54,000 athletic scholarship and some people are not happy about it. While no one questions Combs’ academic excellence that earned him a spot in one of the most sought-after schools on the West coast, some argue that Justin can easily attend UCLA without $54,000 worth of financial assistance.


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UCLA have addressed such concerns in an official statement statement:

“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. Each year, UCLA awards the equivalent of approximately 285 full athletic scholarships to outstanding student-athletes. The scholarships are used by the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to pay students’ tuition and fees, as well as room and board. In this respect, UCLA is no different from the overwhelming majority of Division I institutions.”

Justin added to the defense via Twitter saying, “Regardless what circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD.” Misa Hylton, Combs’ mom, also responded via social media outlet tweeting, “My Son is his own man. He will earn his own way through life. I’m so proud of my baby? it starts now! He is exactly the young man I raised him to be ? #independent#hardworking#intelligent.”

Justin was awarded a full athletic scholarship to UCLA after proving to be a distinguished football player and superb student. During his high school career, Combs maintained a 3.75 GPA and helped lead his team to several victories that took them to the playoffs. Justin is the eldest son of music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.

What are your thoughts? Should Justin have to give back his scholarship?



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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