Robin Williams funded a scholarship at his alma mater, Juilliard, that saw a full-ride given to a student every two years. One of the people who won the award was future Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, who became the first person from her family to go to college

Jessica Chastain Reveals Robin Williams Gave Her a Scholarship to Juilliard

It turns out two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, 37, has the late Robin Williams to thank for making it possible for her to study acting at Juilliard.

In a Facebook post Monday, Chastain explained how Williams’ generosity changed her life.

“Robin Williams changed my life. He was a great actor and a generous person,” she wrote. “Through a scholarship, he made it possible for me to graduate college. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed.”

Chastain graduated from Juilliard in 2003 with a BFA in drama and became a part of the famed school’s drama division’s Group 32.

She went on to star in such critically acclaimed films as The Tree of Life, The Help and … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

9 thoughts on “Robin Williams funded a scholarship at his alma mater, Juilliard, that saw a full-ride given to a student every two years. One of the people who won the award was future Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, who became the first person from her family to go to college”

  1. whomst_jpeg

    she came into my restaurant one day when i was working alone and after her group paid, she came up to me and gave me her card and asked to pay for everyone’s meal in the entire restaurant with 20% tip for me and to just say, “happy sunday” if they asked who or why. lovely gal and even more stunning in person.

  2. outoftowels

    Robin Williams (and his family) also provides for a very large scholarship at the community college where he first attended in Northern California, at College of Marin, for students in the drama department.

  3. szekeres81

    Sorry, should say Oscar nominated

  4. gameartist3d

    Older generations of talent paying it forward for future generations of talent.

  5. Its_Von

    World Misses Robin Williams.

  6. ChetRipley

    Good for her, redhead kids deserve a chance too!!

  7. thisnoobfarmer

    She is a great actress, my wife and I love interstellar.

  8. jeremyjjbrown

    I wish he was still with us…

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