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'Jane the Virgin' Star Uses Emmy Money to Send Undocumented Girl to College

Jane the Virgin? More like Gina the Saint.

Actress Gina Rodriguez, star of CBS’ Jane the Virgin, will be using the money she would have typically dedicated toward powering a marketing campaign to fund a college scholarship for an undocumented high school student, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The teen will now be able to attend four years at Princeton University.

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"Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community," says Rodriguez in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman], if we could do something different with the money this year."

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Rodriguez partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles to find the right recipient, choosing a Princeton University-bound young woman who, as a result of Rodriguez’ good deed, will now be able to focus on her studies without the distraction of financial burden.

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While the star acknowledged that conversations around studio-funded Emmy campaigns were awkward, she was undeterred from her mission and hoped it would inspire change.

"It's taboo to talk about the money being spent, but it's the reality," says 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."

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