Michelle Williams will fund Heath Ledger prize

Tbdheathledger060908 While buzz is already giving Heath Ledger a possible posthumous Oscar nom for The Dark Knight, Star says the late actor will continue to give even after his death.

Director Gregor Jordan announced at the Australians in Film 2008 Breakthrough Awards the formation of a scholarship fund in Ledger's name to help struggling Aussie actors, the magazine reports. One lucky actor would be chosen each year to try and make it big in Hollywood.

"It's going to involve a number of benefactors and there's been a lot of interest already," Jordan said, indicating the fund would be getting some help. "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."

The first scholarship is slated to be awarded next year.

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