Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teen who gained notoriety for suing her parents for college cash after moving out, scored a $56,000 scholarship with Western New England University, USA Today reports.
Canning, deemed “spoiled” by a case investigator, rescinded her demands for $654-a-week in child support and college tuition from her parents, Sean and Elizabeth Canning, three weeks ago. Living with her best friend for nearly four months, the 18-year-old cheerleader moved back home to her parents on March 11.
The case, which gained national headlines, just wasn’t worth all the trouble since Rachel is receiving a sweet financial reward to support her college studies. She announced on Facebook that she plans to attend Western New England University on a $56,000 scholarship as a biomedical engineering major:
“Decision made. WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ scholarship,” Rachel wrote on Saturday. The post racked up 145 likes before it was deleted Tuesday early afternoon.
A representative for Western New England confirmed that Canning was indeed accepted into the private school located in Massachusetts. Due to federal privacy laws, the spokesperson refused to disclose the scholarship amount to USA Today.
“Western New England University routinely offers merit scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement […] These merit scholarships can total between $22,000 and $66,000 over the course of four years,” Barbara A Moffatt, spokeswoman for the university, told USA Today.
One year of tuition as an undergraduate student will cost Rachel $32,606 and an additional $12,700 for room and board.
It’s unclear why Miss Canning was chosen for the scholarship, but it would be of no surprise since Rachel excelled in Morris Catholic High School as a lacrosse player, cheerleader, and an honor student with a 3.5 GPA.
Rachel filed a lawsuit against parents on February 24 for high school tuition, college costs, and legal fees; she claimed that her parents subjected her to verbal abuse and sexual inappropriateness. The judge denied Canning’s request for immediate aid on March 4. The following week, she dropped the case.