Diddy’s son Justin Combs recently earned a full athletic scholarship to UCLA, but some aren’t too pleased with his free ride. During an interview with CBS News, UCLA student Neshemah Keetin criticized the scholarship, stating that the money could be used to someone who is more in need of financial assistance.
“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,” Keetin said. “Just being considerate that [with] our economy, students are trying to get to college through athletics and academics as well.”
Meanwhile, UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vasquez defended the scholarship, stating, “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.”
Diddy commended his son for the merit-based accomplishment last year. “As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life,” he said of his son, who graduated with a 3.75 GPA. “This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about,” he said. “Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”