Student rejects scholarship from bottled water company

hannah_rousey-662x0_q70_crop-scaleDespite needing to pay a hefty tuition bill this fall, Hannah Rousey refused to take money from Poland Spring Bottling Co., a subsidiary of Nestlé.

Last month, 17-year-old Hannah Rousey graduated from high school. She was awarded a $1,000 ‘Good Science’ college scholarship, one of three recipients nominated by teachers at the Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine. Rousey, however, is making headlines for her refusal to accept. The money comes from the Poland Spring Bottling Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé, that bottles spring water in Maine and sells it across the northeastern United States.

Rousey is strongly opposed to bottled water. She is also planning to study sustainable agriculture and environmental protection law and policy at Sterling College in Vermont, starting this fall. The source of the scholarship, therefore, did not fit with her personal convictions, and so she wrote a letter to the Poland Springs Bottling Company on June 2.

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