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P Diddy’s son hits back at criticism of football scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP CONTROVERSY: P Diddy with Justin

THE SON of P Diddy has hit back at those who have criticised his is annual $54,000 (£34,481.92) football scholarship to the prestigious college UCLA, arguing that it should have gone to less fortunate students.

The 18-year-old, who graduated last week 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:

“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 online support from his mother, fashion designer, Misa Hylton. 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”

A spokesperson from UCLA added: "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."

Justin will go out to UCLA on June 24 and is looking forward to stepping up and playing his first game for the Bruins.

“It’s going to be surreal at first but then at the end of the day you’ve got to go to work and you’ve got to get what’s yours and show why you’ve been working hard,” Justin told the New Rochelle.

P Diddy is the richest man in hip-hop and last year his wealth was estimated by Forbes magazine to be $550million.

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