Willie Downs is an animation student with an ambitious and generous idea.
He's started the Animator Letters Project and his goal is to compile a series of hand written letters contributed by professional animators which describe how they got into the industry and encourage aspiring animators to pursue their dreams of making it into the biz. Once he has enough letters collected, he plans to publish a book and use the proceeds to help fund the education of up and coming animators who can't afford the expense of their education.
To find out more about the Animator Letters Project visit the site that Willie has set up. You can also visit the topic that Willie started on the AN Forums by which he brought it to the attention of the community.