The news that Rachel Canning, the teen who made national news over suing her parents, is now a scholarship student has some huffing indignantly.
Canning was the subject of much media scrutiny due to her disrespectful behavior towards her parents. The New Jersey couple had enough of their teen’s bad attitude and put her out.
The 18-year-old then sued to have them pay for her remaining private school education and college tuition. She also requested the court force them to provide her a weekly allowance.
This effort failed spectacularly in court, but Canning was eventually allowed by her long-suffering parents to return home.
Since then, Canning has shared that she has chosen a college. On her Facebook account, she announced that she would be headed to Western New England University with a $56,000 scholarship. Canning also shared that she plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Spoiled brat Rachel Canning sues her parents and now @WNEUniversity gives her a 56k scholarship? What would @DaveRamsey say? #irritated
— Steve Hayslip (@NC5_SHayslip) April 3, 2014
I'm really tired of this Rachel Canning girl. Everyone is mad at WNE for accepting her and the scholarship. IT HAPPENED BEFORE SHE SUED!
— Nicole™ (@nicoleagrr) April 3, 2014
The news raised eyebrows, but Canning’s grades are exemplary. Merit scholarships are given out by WNE to freshman students with exceptional grades. The award total ranges from $22,000 to $66,000.
It’s also worth noting that the scholarship was apparently given to her by West New England University before the lawsuit was filed.
As Canning isn’t a very popular person right now thanks to the heavy media coverage of her case, the announcement was eventually removed from public view at around 1:30 pm on Tuesday. If I had to guess the reason, I’d say heavy internet trolling and verbal abuse.
It’s not unusual for members of the public to want spoiled kids to fail and a huge scholarship to a prestigious college is anything but failing.
Hold onto your pitchforks, folks. Things really aren’t quite what they seem in this situation.
Attending WNE while living on campus will cost Canning a little over $45,000 per year. This pans out to a total of a little over $180,000 for a four year degree. The scholarship Canning was granted is towards the four years of school; her college education is by no means completely paid for.
The $56,000 is a good start that will cover her first year of education, however unless other scholarships start raining from the sky, Canning will likely have to apply for loans and get a job if she seriously wants to further her education.
In other words, she’s in pretty much the same boat as every other high school freshman trying to figure out a way to pay for college.
Canning may represent the pretty spoiled little girls that American society hates, but who knows?
Perhaps four years of toughing it out away from home will gift the New Jersey girl with a lesson on how the world works and inspire her to actually appreciate her parents.
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