Eight years after Heath Ledger’s passing, his family joined together to keep his memory alive at the Australians in Film event in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The late actor’s father, Kim Ledger, along with Heath’s half-sisters Olivia Ledger and Ashleigh Bell were on-hand at Mr C hotel in Beverly Hills for the announcement of the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Keeping his memory alive: Heath Ledger’s sister Ashleigh Bell, father Kim Ledger and sister Olivia Ledger were on hand for the announcement of the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship in LA on Wednesday.

‘I’d like to sincerely thank AiF and the beautiful Ledger family for supporting young artists in our passionate endeavours to continue in Heath’s wake; hopefully making waves in both professional and personal realms, as he did,’ she added.

Kim, who is the patron of the scholarship noted: ‘On behalf of Heath’s family and Australian’s in Film please accept our warmest congratulations and best wishes for greater success going forward.

Twice as nice! Heath’s younger sister Ashleigh Bell handed the prize over to winner Ashleigh Cummings.

Ashleigh’s prize includes a US$10,000 cash fund as well as a two year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, along with flights, Uber credit and immigration assistance for when she’s ready to make the move to Hollywood.

Runners-up Harley Bonner and Sara West, who each scored a return trip to LA, for when they are ready to ‘profile themselves in the US market’ as well as a scholarship to attend Masterclasses at Screenwise Film & TV School for actors in Sydney.

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