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article imageScholarship Is Part Of The Heath Ledger's Legacy

By KJ Mullins     Jun 11, 2008 in Entertainment
A scholarship fund for Australian actors trying to make it in Hollywood has been established in the name of Heath Ledger. Ledger died at the age of 28 in January from an accidental overdose.
Ledger was an ambassador of Australians in Film, or AiF until his death. The board of the organization wanted to honor him after his death, this scholarship is their way of doing so.
The fund will help support actors as they pursue their dreams. The scholarship will help cover the costs of acting classes and rent. Director Gregor Jordan announced the establishment of the Heath Ledger Scholarship fund last week at the annual Breakthrough Awards.
Australians in Film was started seven years ago. Some of the members that belong to the organization include Australians such as Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson.
"Although reluctant to lend his name to anything commercial, we know Heath would be proud of his attachment to this scholarship," Kim Ledger's statement said. "This scholarship in part does what Heath has done personally during the last 10 years and supported financially or in kind many friends, Australian actors, singers, directors or writers seeking to ply their talents in the USA."
The first amount to be awarded will take place in 2009.
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