Gina Rodriguez is campaigning to be nominated for an Emmy for her work on Jane The Virgin. But Rodriguez isn’t doing the normal “For Your Consideration” campaign for an Emmy. Instead, the Golden Globe winner has taken her campaign money and is funding a college scholarship for an undocumented high school student.
“FYC is a bizarre dance,” Rodriguez told The Hollywood Reporter. “Whatever you do requires an insane amount of money.” So instead of taking the huge chunk of money from CBS TV Studios and using it to promote Instagram posts and put up billboards, she’s using that money to pay for an anonymous undocumented student’s college tuition for four years.
“Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community,” says Rodriguez. “So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman], if we could do something different with the money this year.”
Rodriguez along with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles worked together to organize the scholarship. The actress and the Big Brothers Big Sisters found the perfect high schooler, an anonymous Latina high schooler who is going to Princeton. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the scholarship will cover all four years of the student’s college.
“It’s taboo to talk about the money being spent, but it’s the reality,” said Rodriguez. “I think sharing this might inspire other people to do something similar. You can desire recognition and, at the same time, decide to not play in the confines of the game as it’s set up.”
Rodriguez has serves on the Hispanic Scholarship Fund‘s board of directors since 2015. Rodriguez was a recipient of the award herself and attended Columbia University and graduated from New York University. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund financially supports Hispanic students going to college.