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Tina Fey sets up scholarship fund for late dad

Tina Fey has established a journalism scholarship fund for veterans in memory of her late father.
The 30 Rock comedienne’s dad, Donald, served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War and later pursued a career as a journalist, a role Tina portrays in her new movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
She has dedicated the film to her late father, who died in October (15), and she has since also set up a scholarship at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to aid other war veterans seeking jobs in the media industry.
“My dad served in Korea,” she recalled during a New York Times TimesTalk event on Wednesday (02Mar16). “He was a code-breaker in Korea. So he didn’t see active duty, but he was real smart. He went to the Temple University School of Journalism after he got back.”
“It’s a very specific scholarship, which I think is OK,” she continued, discussing the memorial fund. “It’s specifically for returning vets who might want to study journalism.”
Tina, 45, is hoping to keep the educational initiative up and running for years to come and she reveals it’s already off to a great financial start.
“I think we’ve raised over $100,000 so far for it to be an ongoing scholarship,” she added.
Meanwhile, Tina admits she was partly drawn to her role as a war correspondent in Afghanistan in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot because she knew it would be a role her father would approve of.
“I think he would have liked this movie…” she told U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon this week (begs29Feb16). “So we dedicated the movie to him.”
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on real-life war reporter Kim Barker’s memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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