Found June 01, 2012 on College Football Section:
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In what has to be the most ridiculous news today, California taxpayers believe Justin Combs should turn over his scholarship to someone else because of the amount of money his father makes.

WOW! Are you kidding me? This kid works hard to become a football player, has good enough grades, a 3.75 GPA, to attend UCLA, and has earned himself a scholarship and he should give that scholarship up to someone who can’t afford to go to UCLA?

“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,” said UCLA student Neshemah Keetin.

No kid, what you need to understand is that Mr. Combs earned that scholarship with his grades and athleticism, no matter what his father does for a living or how much he makes.

“Just being considerate that our economy, students are trying to get to college through athletics and academics as well,” Keetin said.

Whose to say P. Diddy didn’t tell his kid to pay his own way? I’m sure he didn’t considering the kids grades and the fact that he sounds like a good kid, but still, what are these people thinking?

I understand that there are a lot of people out there that cannot afford to attend college, but I also understand that there is a lot of help that people can get so that they CAN attend college. Loans, grants, and work are all good ways to pay for college. I’ve done all of those in my lifetime and earned my way and I don’t feel slighted because an athlete got a free ride because he is good at sports.

Not everyone agrees with Keetin though, an I for one, can understand why.

“He had the grades, he has obviously put in the effort, regardless of who his dad is. He could get in. He definitely earned it, so I’m looking forward to seeing him next year,” said student Ben Barokh.

In an interview with CNN, Dr. Steve Perry defended Combs, saying that he earned the scholarship.

“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.

Now UCLA feels the need to defend their actions, which they shouldn’t have to do because Combs earned the scholarship just like every other kid that has one.

Here is the statement that UCLA released today defending their actions to award Combs with the scholarship.

Like all other UC campuses, UCLA has a robust financial aid program to ensure that students from all economic backgrounds have access to the university.

Approximately 30 percent of all revenue generated from fees and tuition is set aside for financial aid. In addition, the university’s Blue and Gold Plan ensures that students with financial need from families with incomes below $80,000 a year pay no tuition at all.

At UCLA, 47 percent of California-resident undergraduates (42 percent of all undergrads) receive enough grant aid to cover all of their system-wide fees and tuition. In fall 2010–11, 41 percent of UCLA undergraduates were low-income Pell Grant recipients. In fact, UCLA enrolls more low-income Pell Grant recipients than all Ivy League schools combined.

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.

UCLA, you do not have to defend yourselves in this matter. A kid was awarded a scholarship based on GPA and athletic ability, nothing wrong with that.

[CBS L.A.]


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1 Comment:
  • Wether black or white, rich or ultra rich, the men who fathered these athletes are themselves getting a scholarship when they insist the kid 'earned it' and thus, not open for debate. If you disagree, you are a hater full of envy.

    These dads are in Wall Street, and more notably, in the NFL and the NBA. I am just having a hard time wrapping my head around having half a million dollars as in Diddy's case and not paying for his education. I think about all those people who are in deep school loan debts with no way out.

    We'll have to rationalize this one the same way we do with coaches who earn millions vs a teacher at the school. I just don't get it about Montana, Jordan, other notables, and now Diddy. If anybody had any doubt about the rich getting richer, let this confirm it.
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