[Updated] Misa Hylton, Justin Combs’ Mother, Responds to Scholarship Controversy



As some of  you know, Diddy’s 18-year-old son, Justin Combs, has been awarded a full athletic scholarship to play football at UCLA this fall. And during a recent CNN segment, the question was asked,

“Should P. Diddy’s son return $54,000 college scholarship?”

Although Justin reportedly graduated with a 3.75 G.P.A., some argue that because Diddy is worth and has a sh*t-load of money (reportedly, he made $45 million in 2012, and is worth $500 million) and should pay for his son’s tuition, allowing for another potential student to benefit from the scholarship. The university spokesman, Ricardo Vazquez, totally disagrees. In a recent interview, he defended the university’s reasoning for granting Justin with the scholarship explaining:

“There is a big separation between financial aid based on need and how that’s funded and how athletic scholarships are funded and awarded to students…Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability, and not on a student’s financial need…”

What do you think? Since Diddy has money, should he pay for his son’s tuition and give another student the opportunity to have the scholarship? Or should your parent’s income not determine whether or not you receive an athletic scholarship?


After the stories, comments and media buzz surrounding the story hit, Thursday afternoon, Justin’s mother, Misa Hylton, responded. On Twitter, she respectfully rejected the notion that her son didn’t earn his scholarship. She wrote:

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