Rachel Canning got a scholarship. Who is Rachel Canning? She was the 18-year-old New Jersey high school cheerleader who was roundly condemned in social media and in the court of public opinion for filing a lawsuit against her mom and dad that demanded money for tuition.
According to ABC News on April 2, as it turns out, Canning won't need all that money that she sued for.
“Rachel Canning posted on her Facebook page Saturday that she will attend Western New England University on a $56,000 scholarship,” wrote ABC. Canning plans study biomedical engineering.
“Decision made,” Canning wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday (since removed), according to NJ.com. “WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ [sic] scholarship.”
Canning also Tweeted a similar message, though that particular post did not mention her scholarship.
Western New England University officials stated they would not comment on any individual student scholarship applications, instead telling NJ.com that they “routinely offer merit scholarships to incoming freshmen based on academic achievement.”
Here is Canning’s back-story, which caused quite the outcry:
Rachel Canning’s suit claimed her parents tossed her out of the home arbitrarily, and her legal filing painted her parents as cruel and vindictive, even alleging physical and verbal abuse – a claim that was wholly dismissed after state officials investigated
“We're being sued by our own child,” said dad Sean Canning in early March. “I am dumbfounded, so is my wife and other daughters.”
Canning was a senior at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey at the time. Her parents did admit to asking her to leave home – simply because she refused to follow the handful of rules common to any household with parents who care for the welfare of their teen children.
“It is very few rules,” Sean Canning said at the time. “There are minor chores, curfews. When I say curfew it is after 11 o'clock at night.” Sean added that they also disapproved of their daughter’s choice of boyfriend – a teen they said was a terrible influence on her.
Nevertheless, Canning left home and moved in with her friend, whose father was lawyer, and yes, the father did play an integral role in the lawsuit.
“I know Rachel is (a) – a good kid and (b) – an incredibly rebellious teen, and she's getting some terrible information,” Sean Canning said of his daughter while the suit was pending. “Me and my wife are distraught.”
A judge ruled against Canning last month, and since that time, the entire lawsuit was dismissed:
What are your thoughts? While her academics may have warranted a scholarship nod, what of her lawsuit? Is she deserving of a $56K scholarship in your opinion? Sound off below.