In an update to the recent piece about Maddie Poshard, the Illinois high school student awarded a full scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University, despite the fact that her grandfather is the college’s president, she’s going to pay for college like everyone else.

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune:

The granddaughter of Southern Illinois University’s president has decided to turn down a full-ride academic scholarship to the public university.

Maddie Poshard, 18, made the decision after a Tribune report Sunday that revealed she was one of 24 students selected for the school’s Presidential/Chancellor Scholarship, a taxpayer-funded free ride for four years worth about $80,000.

Poshard still plans to attend her grandfather’s school, however.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer