Gina Rodriguez is Using Her Emmy Campaign Money to Fund an Undocumented Student’s College Tuition

Lead Photo: Gina Rodriguez in 'Jane the Virgin's "Episode Fifty-Six." Courtesy of The CW
Gina Rodriguez in 'Jane the Virgin's "Episode Fifty-Six." Courtesy of The CW
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With the final season of Gina Rodriguez’s popular CW series Jane the Virgin coming to a close this year and her appearance on Brooklyn 99 putting her in front of more audiences, the Golden Globe-winner isn’t resting on her laurels. The actress, whose show has always “jumped at any opportunity to help…the Latinx community” announced that Jane the Virgin’s Emmy campaign money is being applied to send an undocumented student to college.

Rodriguez, who admitted that “for your consideration” campaigns for Emmy awards “require an insane amount of money,” revealed that she asked showrunner Jennie Snyder-Urman “if we could do something different with the money this year.” With the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the FYC fund was given to an unnamed young woman hoping to attend Princeton University. The money provided her with a full scholarship for all four years. The actress was initially hesitant to reveal the project but believes that sharing the idea might “inspire other people to do something similar.”

Gina’s generous act makes you truly think about how much money is placed on Emmy campaigns. In the wake of reports that Netflix’s One Day at a Time showrunners had to self-finance an airplane to get voters’ attentions because they don’t have a significant Emmy budget, it’s remarkable to think Jane the Virgin gets enough Emmy money to pay for a four-year bid to Princeton. As Rodriguez herself says, it’s insane!