Should Wealthy Students Receive Athletic Scholarships?

UCLA recently offered music mogul Sean Combs' son a full scholarship, but because of the Iona Prep athlete's privileged background people feel his scholarship should be relayed to the less financially fortunate.

It’s hard to discuss anything relating to Sean "Diddy" Combs without mentioning legendary rapper Biggie Smalls, who famously sang "Mo money, mo problems.” It's a concept Combs is now learning on sports pages from coast to coast.

Combs’ son Justin is finishing up his senior year at Iona Prep and his prowess in the Gaels’ secondary has earned the young football player a. 

Even though Combs’ football talent speaks for itself, some people are questioning whether or not the son of a man worth half-a-billion dollars should receive a $54,000 scholarship. On his 16th birthday, Justin Combs received a $360,000 Maybach from his father. 

The cash-strapped UCLA recently issued a statement defending the school’s position saying that athletic scholarships do not come from taxpayer money and come from ticket sales, corporate partners, media contracts and private donations from supporters.

Sean Combs’ stature and bank account have people questioning if UCLA should give his football-playing son Justin the full scholarship. What do you think?

jeff meyer June 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
What I am sincerely tired of is reading your constant critical, immature, incoherent and anonymous comments on the PATCH. JM Tuckahoe, NY
jeff meyer June 07, 2012 at 11:10 PM
LOL!! How do you compete? You can't even use your real name. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Nancy Leonard June 07, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Gratefully accept the recognition, and then pass on the money.
Chris Clement June 08, 2012 at 09:56 AM
@jeff meyer's reply to Ross Revira. Story is about wealthy students getting athletic scholarships. Stay focused, and please stop going after others others. You even attack our elderly citizens with "For all I know you could be a 90 year old lady bickering in her rocking chair. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY" This asinine comment is unnecessary, and adds naught to the discussion.
clark gable January 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM
the fact that he has a decent gpa doesn't even matter because it is an athletic scholarship. the problem is that there is a limited about of scholarships a school can offer. it doesn't matter how much money the combs' family donates. the only benefactors in this case are ucla and staff. it is all about financial gains for the school. do you really think he was the best high school athlete(at his position) trying to play for ucla, or do you think he did he has one of the more wealthy situations and uncla saw this as a way to improve it athletic facilities? you have to understand that colleges are businesses and if they have a the choice between an outstanding athlete from a lower class or the offspring of money the choice simple(although it may be immoral). Hey what do you expect in the "land of opportunity?" "The land of the free unless you were a slave......" before anyone say anything, i don't care for a lesson on grammar.


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