Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Amazon's Jeff Bezos donating $33 million for 'Dreamers' scholarships

Amazon's Jeff Bezos donating $33 million for 'Dreamers' scholarships

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, have donated a $33 million scholarship grant to TheDream.US, which is the nation's largest scholarship program for "dreamers" - young immigrants whose protections against deportation for being threateed.

The grant from Bezos was submitted through Dreamer Scholarship Fund TheDream.US. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books.

Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, cited the story of his father who left Cuba at the age of 16 as a part of Operation Pedro Pan.

Graham launched TheDream.US with Henry R. Muñoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush. In announcing the donation, Bezos talked about his father, who was unable to speak English when he arrived in the USA from Cuba as a 16-year-old.

"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos donating $33 million for 'Dreamers' scholarships

President Donald Trump announced that his administration will allow DACA to expire unless Congress is able to pass legislation that will keep it intact.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships".

According to the organization's president Candy Marshall, Graham reached out to Bezos after the tech titan tweeted his desire to get involved with philanthropy.

Dreamers, 800,000 of whom have received DACA status since 2012, face a variety of obstacles to college attendance. At the time of publication, Bezos is worth $108 billion. In more than 15 states, they are required to pay out-of-state or global tuition rates, according to TheDream.US. Hopefully, Congress will take heed and take the necessary steps to make sure that Dreamers are fully protected from the Trump administration.

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