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Jane the Virgin Star Has Unusual Use for Her Emmy Cash

Gina Rodriguez sets up scholarship for student's 4 years at Princeton
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Gina Rodriguez arrives at the Oscars on March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Right now, Gina Rodriguez could be spending the money doled out to her by CBS Television Studios to promote her Emmy run. But the Jane the Virgin star decided to use the cash for something else instead: setting up a college scholarship for an undocumented Latinx immigrant. Today and the Verge note that money in an actor's FYC (for your consideration) fund is typically used to help campaign during awards season, paying for everything from stylists and swag to billboards, bus ads, and TV screeners. But per the Hollywood Reporter, the 33-year-old actress opted to divert the funds toward an unrelated cause. "Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community," Rodriguez says. "So I asked my showrunner … if we could do something different with the money this year."

Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, they found their candidate for the four-year scholarship: a female high school student headed to Princeton. Rodriguez wasn't sure she wanted to publicize her good deed, but she ultimately decided it could have a copycat effect. "I think sharing this might inspire other people to do something similar," she tells the Hollywood Reporter. Rodriguez has never been nominated for an Emmy, though she did win a Golden Globe in 2015 and was nominated in both 2016 and 2017. (A $33 million Jeff Bezos donation will send 1,000 Dreamers to college.)

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