Kids of Rich Parents Deserve College Scholarships Too

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P. Diddy Justin CombsJustin Combs should be on top of the world right now. P. Diddy's son just graduated from high school with a 3.75 GPA, and an offer from UCLA to play on their Division 1 football team. They've even offered him a scholarship to sweeten the deal. So what kind of world are we living in where a kid like that is getting beat up in the press and asked to give the money back?

A world where we still put more emphasis on money than we do kids' own abilities. Hey, America! This is why kids are lazy!

Here's the thing. Justin Combs has a rich daddy. And there are people, a lot of people, who are PO'd that a rich kid is getting a $54,000 scholarship to a state institution when so many other kids are struggling under the weight of student loans. As a mom who probably has less money in her bank account than Diddy has hanging around his neck at any given moment, I'll cop to a little jealousy myself.

That's why I tell my kid she has to work, and work hard. That's what all kids are supposed to do to get ahead, right?

But if kids like Justin Combs have to give back their scholarship money, and their parents are made to pay their tuition, we're telling them the exact opposite. What does that say to a child who worked hard to get good grades and excel on the field? It tells them there is no reason to have a work ethic. Because whatever you do, you're judged not on your accomplishments but the size of your parents' wallet.

Let's flip this, shall we? Imagine Justin was a poor kid with bad grades and zero athletic talent who cut school and did nothing to improve himself. Would you tell a school they need to give him a scholarship because his parents can't pay, and his lack of motivation does not matter? Of course not.

As parents, it's our job to raise our kids to succeed without us. Once they're ready for college, they must be able to survive on their own merits. The mettle of our character, the size of our bank accounts, all of that becomes moot when we push a child out the doors and into the world. They are their own person, to be judged on what they can do.

What do you think should happen with Justin Combs' scholarship? Should P. Diddy be paying UCLA?


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Flori... Floridamom96

I think it's none of our business.

worwa... worwalkerlds

He worked for it, he earned it, he deserves it. 

mumma... mummajenni

I think California residents who pay taxes could rightly call it their business...

However, I'm appalled. He EARNED this. Obviously those complaining have NO idea how hard a young person has to work to get an offer from ANY college for a spot on a team, and a scholarship. He doesn't deserve the backlash at all!!

Shandi80 Shandi80

The kid earned it, his father's financial status has nothing to do with it. I say good for him.

nonmember avatar Jmom

So another kid who worked just as hard, with grades that are just as good, has to do without that scholarship? I'm not saying he didn't earn it, but there are other kids out there who are just as qualified. How ever very few have access to the same resources as this kid.

Kaela Wheeler

I'm sure his dad will be donating plenty of money to the school. More than his son's scholarship is worth, so I wouldn't get too worked up about it.

Lesli... Leslie_ABS

I think scholarships should have a lot of basis in financial need, especially from a state institution, WTF! There are a ton of deserving, hard-working students who will never get full scholarships. He worked hard, sure, but there a ton of kids who work their asses off, get great grades, play sports well and will not get full scholarships. It kind of makes you sick.

If I were Diddy, I would take the money that I"m not paying for my kid's college and give it to another kid.

This is also an example of how things are stacked against you when you aren't well off. Many kids are working jobs, raising their siblings, taking care of granny or their parents, in addition to going to school and they don't necessarily have the top grades, but are bright, motivated and great kids, yet, they will miss out on a scholarship because some other kid had the benefit of only having to study and do sports and didn't have to work.

I know this is sports related, and that's a whole other ball of wax, but it is a bummer that more of these full rides don't help out the kids who could really use a lift and without the crushing burden of student loans, tons of part time jobs, will be amazing students and fantastic workers.

mumma... mummajenni

In this case, it seems likely that the parent would help pay for his child's college education. But not all wealthy parents do. I know plenty of well off families who didn't pay their children's college tuition. It's not required. Students should not be treated differently (positively or negatively) just because of who their parents are, or how much money they make. I personally think it's wrong to withhold funding college for your children if you can afford it. No matter what my financial situation at the time, if my child wants to go to college, I'll help in any way I can. It's education. I don't understand how some people don't value it.)

Sports scholarships are not typically based on financial need anyway. He's earned this -- skills and really good grades.

Stevie Gravel

He earned and it probably makes him feel good that he gets a scholarship becasue of his doings rather then getting college paid for because of his rich dad.

nonmember avatar Theresa

Not surprised at all of the idiotic reverse Robin Hood comments here. I have a problem with taking money from equally deserving students of lesser means to give to those who aren't in need. UCLA is a public school, so yes it is the public's business. I have a problem with a culture that thinks it's perfectly okay for schools to take money from students with just as good or better academic records for the sake of recruiting players for a sport. It makes it worse when that player is wealthy. Too many ignorant comments on here that aren't based on how aid, scholarship, and grants work. I hope Puffy does the right thing and pays his son's way so that another kid's opportunity isn't taken away. Scholarships were intended to help achievers who couldn't afford school otherwise. Are you people so dense that you cannot grasp that concept?

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