Michelle Williams Contributes to Heath Ledger Scholarship

Heath Ledger continues to be honored and remembered by colleagues, loved ones and friends.

The actor, who died in January after an accidental overdose, is getting a college find named after him. It was announced last night at Australians in Film 2008 Breakthrough Awards in Beverly Hills that a Heath Ledger scholarship fund is being formated to help struggling Australian actors break in to the business.

Heath's good friend, Gregor Jordan, who directed him in 1999's Two Hands, told stories of his dearly-departed pal, illustrating how generous Heath was even when he had very little to give. Then, Gregor told the crowd that a very special person wanted to be an integral part of the scholarship.

"It's going to involve a number of benefactors and there's been a lot of interest already," the director explained, getting choked up. I was talking to Michelle Williams, his partner and the mother of his child, today and Michelle has said she would be very proud and happy to be the first benefactor."

Though Heath's family couldn't be at the ceremony, his dad sent a letter to be read.

"We know that Heath would be proud of his attachment to this scholarship," Kim Ledger wrote. "[It] does what Heath has done personally during the last 10 years ..., [supporting] Australian actors, singers, directors or writers who seek to supply their talents to the U.S.A."

So wonderful -- the whole thing makes me just want to cry all over again, though.

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