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Group sets up scholarship in Ledger’s name

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Heath Ledger was known for giving aspiring Australian actors a hand in Hollywood. Now, an Australian film organization has established a scholarship fund in the late actor’s name to continue those efforts.

"There’s an entire tribe of Australians who have all benefited from his generosity," said Susie Dobson, president of Australians in Film. "This (scholarship) captures Heath’s spirit and serves our mission to help and celebrate Australian filmmakers."

Ledger, who died in January at age 28 of an accidental prescription drug overdose, had served as an ambassador for the film organization, and the board wanted to honor him after his death, Dobson said.

Jordan also said that Michelle Williams, mother of Ledger’s daughter, "would be very proud and happy to be the first benefactor" of the scholarship fund.

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The first recipient will be announced next year, Dobson said.

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