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Justin Combs & UCLA Respond To Criticism Of His Football Scholarship, Reveals Graduation Pics

While Justin Combs spent the weekend celebrating his high school graduation with dad Diddy, mama Misa and plenty of friends & family, folks were up in arms about his UCLA full football scholarship.  Why?  Because some argue he should have turned it down since his father is extremely wealthy, so he doesn't "need" it. 

 

Peep UCLA's and Justin's responses, and his cute graduation party pics, inside...

Instead of everyone offering praises for the new Bruins baller, Justin Combs has received some criticism as some folks seem to think his annual $54,000 MERIT-BASED scholarship award is taking away money from other students who actually need it. 

UCLA responded yesterday saying:

"There's a misconception out there that somehow athletic scholarships would take away money from low-income students who need need-based aid," school spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said. "That's not the case. Athletic scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of athletic and academic ability."

And Justin, who graduated with a 3.7 GPA from a top private school and won several football awards and made the prestigious All Star/All American team this year, tweeted last night:

Regardless what the circumstances are, I put that work in!!!! PERIOD. 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.

He received co-signs from his extremely supportive mom Misa Hylton, of course. 

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

And we have to agree.  There is a huge difference between need-based scholarships and merit-based scholarships.  What kind of society would we be when we begin to tell any student or child you do not deserve to EARN merit simply because of what your parents have?  Shouldn't we congratulate all students and kids who work extremely hard in sports, the classroom, etc? 

Meanwhile, Justin didn't seem to let the critics get him down as he celebrated his graduation with his fam this weekend:

Misa's daughter Madison and Diddy

Justin's godmother Mary J. Blige & grandmother

Justin's grandparents on both sides.  Oh hey Mama Janice.

Is that Da Band's Babs?? 

Congrats Justin!

Pics via Twitter

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I hate the fact that people

I hate the fact that people are actually asking, if he should give his well earned scholarship back,just because his dad has money! I think he should keep it, because he didn't have to excel academically!! Why? Because his dad has money!!! NO, way will I make my child give up something that he or she worked so hard for, this is his reward for staying focused!!! Get real people!!
Anonymous's picture

Good going young man, You did

Good going young man, You did earn that scholarship on your own. You mom did raise you right and I commend her on that. So what your father has a lot of money who knows if you do good and don't get in any trouble your dad will give money to the college you attend. Again congrats young man.
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Is he gone try down the check

Is he gone try down the check if he go pro?!???
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Please proof read before

Please proof read before posting, OMG!
Anonymous's picture

It's great that he earned the

It's great that he earned the scholarship but he can also donate money for another scholarship to give to students who actually need one.
Anonymous's picture

He's not obligated to do

He's not obligated to do anything!
Anonymous's picture

THAT YOUNG BLACK BOY EARNED

THAT YOUNG BLACK BOY EARNED HIS SCHOLARSHIP! HIS GRADES WERE GOOD AND FOR SPORTS! MY BROTHER HAD A FULL FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP (NO MY PARENTS DONT HAVE DIDDY $ BUT THEY'RE ARE OKAY) AND MY BRO PLAYED FOOTBALL FULL SCHOLARSHIP & ALL! PEOPLE ARE HATERS! BOTTOM LINE IVY LEAGUE GRADE SCHOOLS GIVE OUT SCHOLARSHIPS, IF A CHILD EARNS IT THEY SHOULD RECEIVE IT! HATER STOP HATIN ON DIDDY MONEY AND GO GET YOUR OWN!
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Nothing wrong with being

Nothing wrong with being awarded but why not donate it to a kids who neeeeds it? Denzel son donated his- Diffeence between ghetto rapper and an acclaimed professional actor. Called humilty and humblebness. told ya'll that whole thing with Biggie- diddy greedy always has been always will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GOOD FOR YOU JUSTIN!! How

GOOD FOR YOU JUSTIN!! How dare they choose NOW to try and complain about someone getting a scholarship...how many other rich (and i'll just say it, WHITE) UCLA students have received scholarships and they choose now to complain about one student? Get the fugg outta here with that. I bet you they won't turn down any donation made from his father....
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What the hell,Justin work

What the hell,Justin work real hard to get this scholarship unlike some people.they buy there education.this is his dream let him fly.and pray for hi
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Also to make a broader point,

Also to make a broader point, some peeved about this story may not see the parallel relative to the debate going on the past 3.5 years about “fair share” aka rich paying more income taxes (already pay over 50% of burden). For it is true that most of these “rich” ($250K+) EARNED (merited) their money just like Justin EARNED his grades; and took advantage of the opportunities HIS PARENTS hard work afforded him to develop his talents that EARNED him that scholarship. Everyone easily sees the problem with this kind of “hating” scenario with Justin. Yet, to see and acknowledge the same absurd demand lawmakers are making relative to the fair share issue is a major problem for many –especially blacks. I hope someone brings this parallel to the forefront. It is all about equality of opportunity. Not equality of outcome. Which is what certain dominating political voices are really advocating when you take their arguments (or policy initiatives) to their furthermost logical conclusion. Equality of outcome sounds like: “You’re outcome in life is rich. My outcome in life is poor. So, never mind the choices I or my parents made that hamstrung or forfeited the few opportunities I did have.” It sounds like: I want my poor outcome to be yours because I don’t like that your outcome is better than mine–so GIVE ME yours or better yet come down here to my level and romance poverty with me.” That’s the OWS movement’s message if you really listen to the heart–it is selfish. And that is the mentality driving many of this Admin’s marque policies. Lest I digress.. .But here is the glass half-full and the hope living in America brings for we minorities–even though many blacks seem to despise this country. Say that child growing up in the ghetto gets people with hearts for them to go into his/her community with the relentless intent to provide an OPPORTUNITY for their talent/gifts to be drawn out and developed? An opportunity to develop discipline in him/her? BUT that child chooses squander or refuses that opportunity. That is possible also and is happening–isn’t it? I bring that up to contrast so as to keep one from romanticizing the struggles of poverty. For we can romanticize our struggle, ” oh blacks have such a bum rap and we don’t have as many opportunities as the suburb kid, poor us.” I’m just putting this out for balance sake. For it is VERY TRUE. We are still discriminated against. Although, there are so many non profits and programs set up to “help” this disparity and yet outcomes are not improving for some? Why is that? I suggest it ultimately comes down to choices. Choices and behavior create the outcomes for most of the population in America–rich poor black or white. Small minority are born with silver spoons. Also, we are not in China, Syria, Iran, Afghan. We have freedom to make choices and more opportunities than our ancestors had. Justin could have squandered his MANY ops his parents afforded him and turned out like a Lindsay Lohan. While the child from the projects seized that ONE opportunity by someone who cares. All we need is ONE opportunity and prayer to change our destiny. Sinful hearts are at work here in the earth. And we tend to forget this, especially as blacks liking to dance romantically with accusations of inequality. Poverty is not a virtue and our history of slavery does not entitle us to be disgruntled for generations. Not healthy. I recommend this book as it sobered me up as I’ve been doing “mercy ministry” and see poverty for real for real. Some of the most NON HUMBLE folk I’ve encountered are on the street homeless. If I annoyed you with all these thoughts please forgive me. I recommend reading this book called “When Helping Hurts How 2 Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself” It will sober us up to the reality of poverty. Young people, don’t let these politicians talk you out of your common sense. READ and VERIFY. http://www.amazon.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Alleviate-Yourself/dp/159644874...
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To make a broader point, some

To make a broader point, some peeved about this story may not see the parallel relative to the debate going on the past 3.5 years about “fair share” aka rich paying more income taxes (already pay over 50% of burden). For it is true that most of these “rich” ($250K+) EARNED (merited) their money just like Justin EARNED his grades; and took advantage of the opportunities HIS PARENTS hard work afforded him to develop his talents that EARNED him that scholarship. Everyone easily sees the problem with this kind of “hating” scenario with Justin. Yet, to see and acknowledge the same absurd demand lawmakers are making relative to the fair share issue is a major problem for many –especially blacks. I hope someone brings this parallel to the forefront. It is all about equality of opportunity. Not equality of outcome. Which is what certain dominating political voices are really advocating when you take their arguments (or policy initiatives) to their furthermost logical conclusion. Equality of outcome sounds like: “You’re outcome in life is rich. My outcome in life is poor. So, never mind the choices I or my parents made that hamstrung or forfeited the few opportunities I did have.” It sounds like: I want my poor outcome to be yours because I don’t like that your outcome is better than mine–so GIVE ME yours or better yet come down here to my level and romance poverty with me.” That’s the OWS movement’s message if you really listen to the heart–it is selfish. And that is the mentality driving many of this Admin’s marque policies. Lest I digress.. .But here is the glass half-full and the hope living in America brings for we minorities–even though many blacks seem to despise this country. Say that child growing up in the ghetto gets people with hearts for them to go into his/her community with the relentless intent to provide an OPPORTUNITY for their talent/gifts to be drawn out and developed? An opportunity to develop discipline in him/her? BUT that child chooses squander or refuses that opportunity. That is possible also and is happening–isn’t it? I bring that up to contrast so as to keep one from romanticizing the struggles of poverty. For we can romanticize our struggle, ” oh blacks have such a bum rap and we don’t have as many opportunities as the suburb kid, poor us.” I’m just putting this out for balance sake. For it is VERY TRUE. We are still discriminated against. Although, there are so many non profits and programs set up to “help” this disparity and yet outcomes are not improving for some? Why is that? I suggest it ultimately comes down to choices. Choices and behavior create the outcomes for most of the population in America–rich poor black or white. Small minority are born with silver spoons. Also, we are not in China, Syria, Iran, Afghan. We have freedom to make choices and more opportunities than our ancestors had. Justin could have squandered his MANY ops his parents afforded him and turned out like a Lindsay Lohan. While the child from the projects seized that ONE opportunity by someone who cares. All we need is ONE opportunity and prayer to change our destiny. Sinful hearts are at work here in the earth. And we tend to forget this, especially as blacks liking to dance romantically with accusations of inequality. Poverty is not a virtue and our history of slavery does not entitle us to be disgruntled for generations. Not healthy. I recommend this book as it sobered me up as I’ve been doing “mercy ministry” and see poverty for real for real. Some of the most NON HUMBLE folk I’ve encountered are on the street homeless. If I annoyed you with all these thoughts please forgive me. I recommend reading this book called “When Helping Hurts How 2 Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself” It will sober us up to the reality of poverty. Young people, don’t let these politicians talk you out of your common sense. READ and VERIFY. http://www.amazon.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Alleviate-Yourself/dp/159644874...
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great job! to work hard in

great job! to work hard in school and on the field! HANDLING IT JUSTIN
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Also, this is not an ACADEMIC

Also, this is not an ACADEMIC scholarship, it is a football scholarship, in which he had to get good grades and also PLAY well on the field, those are the factors behind this award. With an academic scholarship, you would have had to have a gpa higher than a 4.0 to be awarded a FULL scholarship. Again, stop comparing your grades to his, unless you were an ALL STATE athlete with good grades, there are NO comparisons...be happy you received that 3k and change to help towards your endeavors. Be happy for other people and you just might see some happiness in your life #damn now is that so freaking hard?!? The stats on ALL STATE athletes are slim just as the stats are slim for athletes that go pro! That alone is a major accomplishment!
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This child was able to make

This child was able to make some huge accomplishments throughout his high school career... Those deeds should not go unappreciated. Making the national football team is SERIOUS! My brother got a full scholarship to a D-1 school and he only made the New Jersey football team...he also studied hard and had exceptional grades... It is not easy to stay motivated, focused and on top through out high school with peer pressure and tons of money in the bank. We should all be applauding this child's efforts for staying on track and having a goal and plan for his future! Regardless of parent this or that, the fact remains Justin earned his scholarship through merit and dedication. Also for those who think oh he's 5'8 and 170 lbs so he obviously cannot play... Well, Please believe that he's not done growing or training! It's sport, he's only going to get, bigger, stronger and faster, the 1st year is all about conditioning with football, when my lil bro left last year for his 1st year, he was 6'1 and 220 lbs, he is still a freshman of course and is now 6'4 and 260 lbs!!!!! They train these athletes, trust, he got the scholarship based on his potential, they will nurture him to be a beast on the field. It is really sad that we just can't congratulate the young man for his accomplishments but we have to talk about Sally, Peter and John who we don't even know, who we think is more deserving of Justin's award. And as long as Diddy has been in the business you all don't think he does not have a campaign or charity set up that gives back to the community?!? What goes around comes around and this is why his son was able to be gifted for his contributions to his own future! Diddy gives back through charities and other efforts, why are we counting his money anyway? Let his accountants handle that! #peace
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He's smart! He deserves the

He's smart! He deserves the scholorship. Praise him for even wanting to go to college. It's about academics, not financial need. He earned it by getting good grades. And, he's not rich, his father is.
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@5:52 COSIGN!!!! IM BLACK

@5:52 COSIGN!!!! IM BLACK FROM LA and had a 3.89!! and didnt get no FULL scholarship. I got 3gs for each year. UCLA IS ABC corp. IS DISNEY! UCLA is about their money and star power! Good for him doing well and I very much proud of him as a black man doing better. but yes UCLA want that DIDDY money and star power!
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Diddy brought this mess on

Diddy brought this mess on himself... instead of flaunting his wealth and making stupid comments on twitter... people would have sympathy... the problem with Diddy is his arrogance..unlike Denzel Washing when his sons received scholarship he found a loop hole by way of offering a donation in the amount that was awarded to his son. It called "class " something Diddy does not have but want others to believed. My son attends UCLA and will be graduating in June with Bachelor in Computer Science Engineer. UCLA is constantly raising tuition each semster and whether people believe it on not it does matter. The cost to attend $32,000 per yr as of 6/12. I hope things work out for the young man.
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DO ya Thing Thing Justin.

DO ya Thing Thing Justin. Jealous ass Haters! Now u know u doing your Grown Man thing when this starts on this level
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Many wealthy kids get scholarships to colleges. It's an accomplishment and almost like a competition. Why shouldn't they be rewarded for their hard work? Others are. That would be discrimination. There are a lot of grants and scholarships out there for need based students.
Tagirl27's picture

Congrats to him for working

Congrats to him for working hard and earning that scholarship. But, with the wealth their family has, he should offer a scholarship of equal value to another deserving student or make a nice contribution to the UNCF. Seriously, this could easily be a win win situation with him still on top.
Anonymous's picture

He's a little guy, and a big

He's a little guy, and a big fish in his little pond.....Let's just watch & see how this Romeo Miller story plays out.......(I believe Romeo's 2 pt career high stands undefeated in the most pitiful display of talent of any celeb kid).
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The person below me either

The person below me either cant read or comprehend. A football scholarship is not NEED based, as the person below fails to acknowledge. This scholarship in no way effects people who have a financial need. He got this scholarship because he can play ball. KNOW and UNDERSTAND the difference. Case n point, kids are Harvard get rowing/polo scholarships, yet their parents head up hedge funds. But of course, people without an understanding are always the ones who opine on topics they have no idea about.
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Thanks to all who didn't hate

Thanks to all who didn't hate on this kid, but instead told the honest truth - Justin got what no other 5'8" mid-rated cornerback did - a full ride to Division I UCLA, who will ultimately benefit for a few years (like was done with Romeo, & MJ's sons) from the publicity of hosting Puffy & his entourage, & the trickle down effect of filling of those stands just to get a glimpse of the foolishness.
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wow.. i mean congrats to the

wow.. i mean congrats to the brotha.. but I live in Los Angeles , have a college aged child and from my understanding.. and i could be wrong.. 3.75 as honorable as it is .. is not enough for the AVERAGE individual to attend USC or UCLA.. I know the FANS don't want to hear it ..BUT.. I feel that Justin was given the FULL scholarship because of the money DIDDY could potentially give to the campus.. Yes Justin is good.. no doubt.. but I am not totally sure he should have received THE FULL .. SCHOLARSHIP.. congratulations anyway ..good to hear of a young black man going to college..
Anonymous's picture

Fawk Justin scholarship who d

Fawk Justin scholarship who d fawk cares..........What needs to be address is that tsunami on Janice Combs head. What she need is a coupon, for the wig shop. She looks tragic. She is the prime example that money cant buy class, grace or style.
Anonymous's picture

Love all the pics especially

Love all the pics especially the one with family:)! Oh yes and is that Babs??? Where has she been hiding?????
Negritarican's picture

I agree Justin put in the

I agree Justin put in the work in the classroom and on the field!!! He could of been lazy and rode the coat tails of his dad (not mentioning no names but Kim's oldest by Al B Sure lol he don't look to motivated to hit the books but motivated to say his mom's baby daddy is Diddy lol). It seems like Diddy and Misa raised a good young man and they both should be proud of their 1st born. It also should motivate alot of kids to put in the work!!!! Congrats Justin and good luck at UCLA!!!!
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HE EARNED IT! GO HEAD JUSTIN!

HE EARNED IT! GO HEAD JUSTIN!
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good for him. he earn it

good for him. he earn it daddy wasn't in class with him. and who knows he may have had it tough because of who his daddy is we do have hater
Anonymous's picture

Congratulations Justin!! I

Congratulations Justin!! I remember when this was first announced, I thought then as I do now"his dad is rich and his mom is too not as rich as his dad, BUT IT WAS JUSTIN WHO HAD TO DO ALL THE HARD WORK TO ACHIEVE THIS"!! I like Misa, she did not sit ideally by waiting for Sean's MONEY but she made her own. It was Suge Knight who first helped her get her business started (financially) but it was her hard work that has kept her in business! Yes she did make sure that (legally) that Sean paid his child support & that Kim 's children didn't get more (because at the time Kim was still in a relationship with Sean) but Misa was not. Misa used justin's child support money for Justin! School and bodyguards etc. So i applaud her for being a GREAT MOM! Justin deserves this and she has a right to be proud. Now it would be great if Sean added one thousand dollars to the $54,000= 55 and divided it among 5 schools in the Sean and Justin Combs scholarship for the next 4yrs. Or more it would be tax free. Oh yeah I'm not even a fan of Seans, but happy for this young man & both his parents. I presonally know the joy of having in child who's doing well in college and it is a honor as a parent when your child/children get a scholarship!
Michelle's picture

Let him live! He earned it,

Let him live! He earned it, let him enjoy it. Go Justin!!!
JAzzy's picture

You know, after reading some

You know, after reading some of these comments, I've come to realize that our educational system has failed us in U.S. The ability to read, comprehend and connect the dots is slowly, but surely, not being taught. Thank you to those defending this young man for restoring my faith that hope is not lost. Anonymous @ 3:32 p.m., you outlined that PERFECTLY!
Sunflower Jones's picture

When rich black ppl get a

When rich black ppl get a scholarship why is that criticized? Noone should have to pay to attend college in my opinion because now a days you get all this debt and no job when you graduate. Everyone should be on thier grind for the scholarships and "free rides" for college, grad school and so forth.
Anonymous's picture

Damn Misa you are Choking the

Damn Misa you are Choking the Shit out of that woman!
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Justin has every right to

Justin has every right to this scholarship if he earned it (which, obviously, he did). Since it was awarded based on merit and not finances, why not award him for his hard work. Good for him. We should be high-fiving the brother for his accomplishments. He could be out there doing non-productive things. If this were a financial scholarship, I would think otherwise, but since it is not, Justin, YOU GO BOY! <--- in my Martin Payne voice.
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People need to get over this.

People need to get over this. This is a MERIT based scholarship which means an applicant's ability to pay for school IS NOT A FACTOR. So the hypothectical poor kid folks keeping talking about ad nauseum would supposedly benefit from this one-time scholarship doesn't exist in real life. All that is needed to qualify are stellar grades and an above average ability to outrun the other guy on the field or knock him silly before he gets to you. Being poor doesn't enter into the calculation. In addition, NO TAX DOLLARS are being used to fund this scholarship. This is booster money -- so that hypothetical poor kid didn't have a chance unless (s)he: (1) had stellar grades and (2) can play ball very well. This scholarship was given to Justin because he did all the right things while in schoool -- he is a high achiever and should be (and is) being rewarded for HIS achievements. I can't imagine what is like to grow up in the shadow of a celebrity -- let alone one with such an outsized personality as Diddy -- and the one time his kid is able to shine without any assistance from dear old dad, some of you want to take it away from him. Really, this kid shold be lauded for achievements. It's not often that we have the opportunity to publicly laud a black man who is excelling academically. Just think about it -- how many celeb kids are excelling outside of a reality TV show, trying to get a contract to sing or act? Maybe our kids would aspire to do more than play ball and entertain if we showed them ALL that they can be.
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I'd rather Justin have the

I'd rather Justin have the scholarship than a dumb ass kid who cheated on the SATs, and probably won't even go to class half the time.
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Justin should keep the

Justin should keep the scholarship. A lot of wealthy kids go to these schools and for some, their parent are pay with their money and some have scholarships. The best thing a wealthy parent can do especially someone like Diddy, who's a famous celebrity, he should give back to the school or help an under privilege student who is doing well academically but struggling financially. I mean, the scholarship is for athleticism, it's not academics, so what's the reason for the hype of the story.
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This looks like a regular

This looks like a regular East Coast NY family celebrating.. nothing too fancy!! Love how they keep Justin grounded.. he earned that scholarship with or without his rich Poppa! Congrats!
Anonymous's picture

Wow...P. Diddy is now being

Wow...P. Diddy is now being scorned because his kid is going to college on full athletic scholarship. Where was all this outcry when those rich celebs sent their kids to colege on some kind of full scholarship? Once, again, white American use a black man to control the mindset of their slaves. Free your mind folks...Free your mind. Instead of getting on P. Diddy case maybe some of you can go scream at the NCAA and tell them to start paying these black athletes who they claim are students and shouldn't get paid. Funny how no one seems bent out of shape over how the organization use these kids to make millions and pay the school and coaches million while telling these kids that what they give them is more than enough. Can we say modern day slavery.
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Shut the hell up Natasha! If

Shut the hell up Natasha! If this was a pretty female with celebrity parents with loads of cash receiving the scholarship "On Merit" YOU WOULD BE ALL OVER IT talking shit and we all know it. You have double standards when it comes to blogging about the opposite sex. PERIOD!!!
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