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    Don’t aspire to achieve success, be envious of it

    Don’t aspire to achieve success, be envious of it

    That was the theme I saw developing with much of the early coverage when it was announced that Justin Combs, son of music mogul P.Diddy, earned a $54,000 athletic scholarship to attend UCLA in the fall.

    By all accounts Combs certainly earned his athletic scholarship, achieving a 3.75 GPA while playing defensive back at his high school. It was clearly enough to pique the interests of the UCLA coaches and secure him one of the 285 athletic scholarships the school hands out each year, but apparently not enough for some.

    After the scholarship was announced, Combs and UCLA quickly received backlash as headlines began popping up that read, “Should P.Diddy’s son return $54,000 scholarship,” and “Diddy’s son Justin Combs gets full scholarship to UCLA as many students struggle.” In response to calls for him to return the money, Combs tweeted:

    UCLA also responded, pointing out that the scholarship Combs received doesn’t even come from state funds:

    Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability — not their financial need. 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.

    The criticism has since quieted, and Combs has received his fair share of support and congratulations, but the problem of the initial reaction still lingers with me.  Lately, there seems to be this pervasive problem in political and social culture that somehow being successful is a bad thing, and that the benefits of your success belong to someone else.

    Have we really hit a point in our culture where, because your parents are a success, you apparently have no right to reap the benefits of your own and wholly separate successes? What kind of incentive does that create for our children to do well?



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    Browndog | June 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Yes, there are indeed valid points to be made-

    However, let’s not kid ourselves. This “outrage” is based in marxism.

    It is finding it’s way in every aspect of American life, and is a direct result of student indoctrination.

    Watching the emotional debate on ESPN the other day, I found myself laughing out loud.

    Marxist love to say “hey, that guy has more than I, take his things and flog him!”

    Until someone peers over to their side of the fence–then, it’s “hands off! I EARNED IT!”

    WarEagle82 | June 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    A free ride to UCLA is only worth $54,000? Auburn University charges $21K a year for Alabama residents and $37K a year for non-residents.

    No wonder UCLA football rots…

    BannedbytheGuardian | June 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Another issue that needs to be addressed is the large number of foreign athletes who get scholarships to Us universities -state & private.

    I know several athletes who were/are scattered across the US system from Stanford to Alabama milking the US system . Mostly they are a lvel or 2 below Olympic selection level & are off having a lot of fun.

    It really is ridiculous to use American monies (public & private ) to fund our guys who have access to university education & live in a higher Human Development ranked country than the US. (Number One To number Two for you ). It has something to do with intra college /Ncaa sports results. Which is a laugh as the athletes are restricted to 20 hours per week training & the subsequent athletic output is rather modest . This limited training is the excuse these kids give for their mediocre results -comparable with home based athletes. For example not one member of the Australian Olympic swim team is US based but sometimes a few track & field are but not tis year.

    It is a mystery & not good economic sense.

    I don’t know anyone currently at UCLA .

    BannedbytheGuardian | June 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    As regards the moral issue. – a family member was in the running for a sports scholarship at US universities sometime during the Bush admin.

    At a International Junior competition the topic was openly discussed with the American coaches – all of whom said one would be easy to obtain with a small modification of his /her events/list from Olympic to NCAA format.

    At the time i thought -if the Americans are stupid enough to give out $150,000-$200,000 over a 4 year college life then why not take it & have some fun ?

    The athlete chose otherwise & it was a no go but now I would feel that he/she would be taking from an American whose parents might well be struggling. PDiddyDady does not think like that .

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