The letters actress Marcia Gay Harden receives from the drama students she helps put through college mean as much to her as the Oscar she won for POLLOCK in 2000.
The movie star offers scholarships to New York University and the University Of Texas, where she graduated - and she loves the generous notes she gets from grateful kids.
She says, "In New York they have the kids write a letter and they're the most eloquent and grounded young people.
"It makes me so happy because they're not all about what's going on in Los Angeles with the young actors. There's a great new generation of up and coming actors."