Teen Who Sued Parents Gets $56K Scholarship

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Rachel Canning

Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old New Jersey high school cheerleader who made national news after she sued her parents to force them to pay her college tuition, won't need their money after all.

The "spoiled teen," as the judge who dismissed her case referred to her, will attend Western New England University on a $56,000 scholarship, according to a post on her Facebook page that has since been deleted, according to Asbury Park Press.


A Western New England spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that Canning was accepted into the school.

After a judge shot down her request for living expenses, Canning dropped her lawsuit last month and has since moved back in with her parents.

According to ABC 7, Canning, a senior at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey, claimed that her parents had kicked her out, forcing her to foot the upcoming bill for college, but her parents claimed that wasn't true. "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's father claimed that she ran away in November because she didn't want to follow house rules. "It is very few rules," Sean Canning said. "There are minor chores, curfews. When I say 'curfew,' it is after 11 o'clock at night."


While it is unclear how Rachel Canning ended up out of the house, she moved in with her best friend's family in Rockaway, N.J., the home of attorney John Inglesino, who funded the lawsuit. Inglesino claimed that it was the only way the teen would be able to go to college to become a biomedical engineer, ABC 7 reports.

According to the news station, Rachel Canning also had a $20,000 scholarship offer from the University of Vermont, which she initially said was her first choice.


"We have a college fund available, but it is the equivalent of shopping at a high-end [store] and sending us the bill," Sean Canning said. "There [are] privileges to living in my house … living under our roof."

Read more at the Asbury Park Press and ABC 7.

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