The scholarship is open to any emerging Australian actor, offering the opportunity to further their career internationally with professional development opportunities in the United States, and provides over $20,000 in prizes for the winner.
Applications are now open and will be available until April 21, 2015. The winning recipient will be announced at a special Heath Ledger Scholarship dinner in Los Angeles in early June, 2015, with the winner in attendance.
Check out what Heath Ledger Scholarship winners Cody Fern, James Mackay and Anna McGahan, and recent runner up, Charlotte Best, have to say about the scholarship:
Established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, the scholarship includes a return flight to Los Angeles on Virgin Australia, a 7-day California trip from Visit California, a two year scholarship to attend acting classes at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting & Theatre in Los Angeles, $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services from Raynor & Associates U.S. Immigration Lawyers, a complimentary lifetime membership to StarNow, and $10,000 cash, affording talented young Aussies the opportunity to establish themselves in the heart of the entertainment industry, and reach an international audience.
Two runners up will also receive return flights to Los Angeles on Virgin Australia, and new for 2015, a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.
Kim Ledger, Heath’s father and Patron of the Heath Ledger Scholarship program said, “On behalf of Heath’s family we wish to formally invite applications for participation in the HLS for 2015 and welcome aspiring young actors to potentially expose their skills to the film industry in Los Angeles, USA."
"I have been privileged to spend time with last year’s wonderful recipient Cody Fern and learn of his amazing new journey and wish the winner this year, a similar experience," Ledger added.
Benefactors to the program include the Ledger family, Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Alex O'Loughlin, Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Phil Noyce and Baz Luhrmann.
Before you apply:
Apply for the 2015 Heath Ledger Scholarship for emerging actors
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