Justin Combs worked hard in high school to improve his football game and earn a 3.75 GPA . He recently received a $54,000 merit-based scholarship to UCLA, where he’ll play football.
What do you think? Should the Combs family keep, return or donate the money? Should students with wealthy parents have access to merit-based scholarships and financial aid?
There is so much wrapped up in this, but call me pre-occupied or sensitive, but I feel some of this is about perceptions of race especially when it comes to a rapper of boastful larguesse like Puff Daddy (an entertainment persona).
Well, Sean Combs is a good daddy (as in father) apparently. His son never had to work like he did to get to college and be gainfully compensated. I bet his son has a million times better chance that his friends won’t get shot to death like the late great Christopher Wallace did in his early twenties, and his son graduated high school with a 3.75 and some top football skills to boot. He got a scholarship because he deserves it.
And yes, his father is a braggadocio rapper. So what. Families that are many generations over wealthy (Trumps, Hiltons, Prescott-Bushes) never have this asked of them. In fact, it’s seen as rude to talk about their f*cking money. But the same news organization (CNN) where we are scolded about talking about say a Romney’s wealth (even when it’s a rationale he wants to use for being our country’s president), they demand penance from P. Diddy who literally built his wealth from nothing and has a kid that on two levels of merit deserves to be in college.
The real question CNN needs to be asking is: why the hell is college so expensive that an underclassmen with average grades who can’t play football at a BCS schol can’t even come close to working through college with say a summer job plus work study? Kids used to be able to do that. They can’t anymore unless they are a part time student at a very cheap institution.
They also need to ask why the cost for tuition has inflated anywhere from 400% to 1000% (based on how you look at it and what type of institution) over the last three decades?