MICHELLE WILLIAMS has pledged a donation to the scholarship fund set up in her late ex-boyfriend HEATH LEDGER’s name.
The Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship will help up-and-coming Australian actors pursue careers in America.
It was set up after Ledger’s death from an accidental drug overdose in January (08).
Wannabes can apply for up to $10,000 (#5,400) plus a round-trip airfare from down under to the U.S.
Williams – the mother of Ledger’s two-year-old daughter Matilda – is among the first donors, having handed over an undisclosed sum, reports People.com.
Ledger’s friend, director Gregor Jordan, will be one of a five person panel, who get to hand out the money.
He tells People, “Broke Aussie actors in L.A. form a tradition that goes all the way back to Errol Flynn.
“Heath was definitely part of that tradition and this scholarship is something he would have been proud to have his name associated with.”
The star’s father Kim adds of the fund, “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. 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.”