Abbie Cornish and Mia Wasikowska will be the centre of attention at the Los Angeles-based Australians In Film's (AiF) fourth annual Breakthrough Awards on June 5.

AiF president Susie Dobson announced she has established the Heath Ledger Scholarship Fund, which will be presented annually to a young Australia-based actor to help them pursue their career. The first recipient will be announced in 2009.

Cornish stars in Kimberly Peirce's war film Stop Loss and first gained notice in the 2004 Australian drama Somersault with Sam Worthington. She starred opposite Ledger in the 2006 drama Candy and will next be seen in Jane Campion's Bright Star.

Wasikowska first appeared in the Australian hit television series All Saints and will soon be seen in Ed Zwick's second world war resistance drama Defiance alongside Daniel Craig, Liev Shreiber and Jamie Bell. She is currently filming Mira Nair's Amelia with Hilary Swank, Richard Gere and Ewan McGregor.