Heath Ledger 'Australians in Film' Scholarship Package Increased to $25,000

The scholarhsip is named in memory of Heath Ledger

New judges for the 2014 award will include Colin Farrell, Miranda Otto and Wes Bentley.

The prize package for the 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship has increased by $5000 to $25,000 while this year's judging panel for the award was named by organizers, Australians In Film, on Friday.

The judging panel for the sixth annual scholarship honoring Heath Ledger will include actors Colin Farrell, Miranda Otto and Wes Bentley, Australian directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, Australian-based casting director Ann Fay and vp feature casting at Walt Disney Studios, Randi Hiller.

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For the 2014 Scholarship, the prize package increase includes $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services from Raynor & Associates Immigration Lawyers and two years of classes at Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

The winner of the primary scholarship, which was established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, will also receive a return flight to Los Angeles on Virgin Australia, a 10-day California trip from Visit California, a complimentary lifetime membership to StarNow and $10,000 cash. Two runners up will receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles courtesy of Virgin Australia.

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The scholarship is designed to afford talented young Aussies the opportunity to establish themselves in the heart of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.

Applications for the scholarship are open until April 4 via australiansinfilm.org. The 2014 winner will be announced at the AiF's annual fundraising dinner in June.