Article written by: Asmara Wreksono
Posted on: June 28, 2012
Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, has been offered a scholarship from UCLA. At 15, Cordell isn’t even out of high school yet, but even with three more years still needed to complete his education, the university has apparently spotted his talent and has already made an offer.
The oldest son of Snoop Dogg isn’t the only celebrity offspring offered a scholarship by UCLA. Not too long ago, P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, was also offered a scholarship from the same university because of his emerging talent in football. The scholarship, worth a cool $54,000 to attend UCLA, created a controversy. Justin’s acceptance of the scholarship put the spotlight on his dad, P. Diddy, who is a multimillionaire and one of the richest men in hip-hop, because such a privileged student doesn’t need a “free ride” scholarship.
Justin Combs is a very accomplished young man, despite all the controversy. He graduated from high school with a 3.75 GPA and a reputation as a great athlete.
UCLA released a statement regarding public opinion about Justin Combs’ scholarship via their spokesman, Ricardo Vasquez:
“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. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded by Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts, and private donations from supporters. Each year, UCLA awards the equivalent of approximately 285 full athletic scholarships to outstanding student athletes. The scholarships are used by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics to pay the students’ tuition and fees, as well as room and board. In this respect, UCLA is no different than the overwhelming majority of Division I institutions.”
The university also emphasized its role in accommodating underprivileged students:
“We certainly want to emphasize that 42% of UCLA undergraduates have their full tuition covered by need-based financial aid. Also, 41% of UCLA students receive a federal Pell Grant, among the highest percentages in the nation. In addition, one-third of all revenue generated by tution is dedicated to financial aid. These are clear indications that UCLA is a leader in serving low-income students.”
Here’s a video of Justin Combs’ action on the football field.
Do you think he deserves the full scholarship?
Meanwhile, back to Cordell Broadus, the offer made to him has yet to receive any reaction from the public. If he receives the scholarship like Justin Combs did, they’ll be playing together in 2015 for the UCLA team.
What are your thoughts on what appears to be a rising, new trend of giving scholarships to celebrity offspring?
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