Justin Combs received a $54,000 scholarship to UCLA. Everyone has an opinion about it so here is mine.
The kid worked hard in school and earned the scholarship so he should keep it. Everybody's panties are in a bunch because his father is part of the infamous 1%! You can't open the newspaper or go on the internet without seeing something about the 1%. This issue makes people upset because it seems like the 1% continue to get more and more out of life even when they don't need more. Diddy could probably buy UCLA if he wanted to.
Denzel Washington's son John received a scholarship to Morehouse. Denzel told the school to give it to someone else because he could afford to pay his son's tuition. Denzel was told by the school that his son had earned the scholarship and that it was not his to give back. Denzel made a sizeable donation to the school worth more money than the scholarship.
It has been reported that Micheal Jordan's son received a scholarship while he was at the U of I and that Michael donated money to the school.
Schools don't have a limitless scholarship fund. Even though these kids have rich parents, lets not take away from their hard work. If kids excel in academics and sports to a level that exceeds their peers then they deserve these scholarships. The flip side is to question who was next in line for the scholarship? Was the next person the child of one of the 99%? I think it's a good idea for Diddy to add money to the school's scholarship fund. Just in case the next kid in line was the part of the 99%.
Issues like this give wealthy parents an opportunity to teach their children a lesson in empathy. There are so many young people who can't afford to go to college. Wealthy parents whose children earn scholarships should make sure that they understand that there are tons of kids whose parents can't afford to pay for college. They should tell them that they are proud of their achievement and that they will do their part to help the the less fortunate students.
Attention 1%ers, please donate some of your money to colleges and universities to help those that are less fortunate go to college. If college tuition rates continue to soar and the economy does not improve, most students will owe so much money that they will have a life full of debt.