Maine student declines $1,000 scholarship in protest

Maine student declines $1,000 scholarship in protest


SHE RECEIVED A $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP, BUT SHE TURNED IT DOWN.>>AT FIRST GLANCE IT SAYS SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP. DAVID: HANNAH ROUSEY SAYS FINDING OUT SHE WAS GETTING A SCHOLARSHIP WAS GOOD NEWS BUT THEN SHE FOUND OUT WHO WAS BEHIND IT.>>I READ THAT I HAD BEEN AWARDED $1,000 FROM POLAND SPRING, AND I SAID TO MY MOM, I DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THIS MONEY, RIGHT? DAVID: HANNAH, WHO IS GOING TO COLLEGE IN THE FALL FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, DISAGREES WITH POLAND SPRING’S BUSINESS PLAN.>>IT WOULD JUST BE HYPOCRITICAL FOR ME TO TAKE MONEY FROM A COMPANY THAT DOES THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT I’M GOING TO SCHOOL FOR. AND I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD BE GIVING OUR WATER TO JUST ANYONE. WE HAVE VERY GOOD WATER. DAVID: IT’S THAT WATER THAT HANNAH HOPES TO KEEP CLEAN IN HER NEXT FOUR YEARS AND BEYOND. SHE BELIEVES THE ENTIRE WATER-BOTTLING PROCESS IS ANTI-ENVIRONMENT, SO SHE SAID NO TO THE DOUGH.>>PLASTIC TAKES FOREVER TO BIODEGRADE, AND I DIDN’T AGREE WITH ANY OF IT. DAVID: IN A STATEMENT TO WMTW NEWS 8, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE COMPANY SAYS IN PART, POLAND SPRING RESPECTS HANNAH’S DECISION, AND WE COMMEND HER FOR STANDING UP FOR HER BELIEFS. THEY’VE ALSO INVITED HER TO MEET AND TALK ABOUT HER IDEAS, IDEAS WHICH SHE’S HOLDING CLOSE TO HER HEART.>>WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WAS TOLD TO STAND UP FOR MY CONVICTIONS, NO MATTER IF SOMEBODY TOLD ME I COULDN’T DO IT OR IF SOMEONE TOLD ME I WASN’T CAPABLE OF SOMETHING. SO WHEN I FOUND MY PASSION IN PROTECTING WHAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE EARTH, I KNEW THAT I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO BE BOUGHT BY THAT. DAVID: HANNAH ISN’T ACCEPTING THAT $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP, BUT SOME FRIENDS HAVE SET UP A GOFUNDME PAGE FOR HER, AND TONIGHT, THAT PAGE HAS RAISED

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