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P Diddy's son lands $54,000 college scholarship

UCLA defends athletic scholarship for millionaire Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ son.

Sean "Diddy" Combs sits courtside with his son Justin in 2009
Image: Mark J. Terrill via Press Association Images

THE SON OF SEAN “Diddy” Combs has won a schlorship to UCLA to play football for the college.

The 18-year-old, has good grades with  a 3.75 grade point average, reports The Huffington Post.

“As a parent, this is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want in his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do,” Sean Combs said in a statement, reports the LA Times.

After the news of the scholarship broke CNN immediately asked: Should P. Diddy’s son return $54,000 college scholarship?

The scholarship Combs received is one of 285 the university awards each year.

UCLA defends awarding the scholarship stating that there is a big separation between financial aid based on need and how it funds athletic scholarships.

Speaking to the LA Times the university spokesperson Ricardo Vazquez stated “the money used for merit-based athletic scholarships was “entirely funded by Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations” and “do not rely on state funds”.

The Daily Mail reports that his rapper father, who is worth over $550 million 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”.

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