Michelle Williams Is First Donor To Heath Ledger Scholarship

Australian actors hoping to follow in the career footsteps of Heath Ledger could benefit from a scholarship set up in the name of the late actor — and Heath’s ex, Michelle Williams, is its first donor, People reports.

Michelle has contributed to the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship, which gives recipients up to $10,000, plus travel expenses from Australia to the America, in order to pursue acting stateside.

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“Broke Aussie actors in LA form a tradition that goes all the way back to Errol Flynn,” scholarship panel member and “Ned Kelly” director Gregor Jordan told the mag. “Heath was definitely part of that tradition and this scholarship is something he would have been proud to have his name associated with.”

In addition to Michelle, Heath’s family has reportedly contributed an undisclosed amount to the fund.

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“We as a family are pleased with the establishment and progress of the AIF scholarship award named in honor of our much loved and generous son, Heath,” Heath’s father, Kim Ledger, said. “As a result of this scholarship, a talented Australian actor will gain valuable assistance to support their personal goals, and an opportunity for recognition in the very tough U.S. film industry.”

Heath was an ambassador for Australians in Film before his tragic death. Fellow down under stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts currently serve as ambassadors for the organization.

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