Justin Combs has spoken up to the critics who think UCLA should not give him an American Football scholarship. The son of music mogul Sean Combs – who will receive a merit-based full athletic scholarship – took to his Twitter page to express his thoughts.
He wrote: “Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD.” He also added, “Regardless of what you do in life every1 is gonna have their own opinion. Stay focused, keep that tunnel vision & never 4get why u started.”
The 18-year-old has maintained a 3.75 GPA while bringing home multiple football awards. The annual $54,000 athletic scholarship he will be getting covers annual tuition and fees, as well as room and board.
His mom Misa Hylton Brim quickly took to Twitter to defend Justin writing: “My Son is his own man. He will earn his own way through life. I’m so proud of my baby ♥ it starts now! He is exactly the young man I raised him to be ☺ #independent #hardworking #intelligent”
The university’s spokesman – Ricardo Vazquez – told the Los Angeles Times that UCLA has a “robust financial aid program.” He said that the money used for merit-based athletic scholarships, like the one awarded to Justin Combs, “do not rely on state funds” and are “entirely funded by Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations.”
There’s a misconception out there that somehow athletic scholarships would take away money from low-income students who need need-based aid. That’s not the case. Athletic scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of athletic and academic ability.”
Global Grind posted photos from Justin’s graduation party recently with both Sean Combs and Misa attending.
Back in November Justin announced the happy news stating, “Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA. Playing Division I football was a life long dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it. I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true.”
Sean – a.k.a. P. Diddy – said, “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.”