- Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating 33 million to fund 1,000 college scholarships for "Dreamers", according to FOX Business.
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos chose to donate $33 million for a scholarship fund for children who were brought illegally to the United States by their parents, he announced Friday.
In a news release, Bezos said, "My dad came here to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan".
"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said. "My dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways", said Bezos.
The announcement comes at a time of uncertainty for DACA recipients, who are not eligible for federal financial aid, most state aid, and who often express uncertainty about their ability to afford college. Through aid offered by TheDream.Us, the Dreamers will be able to attend one of 76 colleges and universities in 15 states, including Arizona State University, University of Houston, University of Washington, and Rutgers.
But TheDream.US provides each participant with a total of $33,000 in scholarship funds over the course of four years, which helps pay for their tuition, books and fees.
"We expect a 75% graduation rate", TheDream.US President Candy Marshall said in a statement. "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students". The Obama-era provided temporary legal protection to around 700,000 dreamers that were living in the United States. MacKenzie is an author of two novels.
The group previously has received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Inter-American Development Bank, Patty Stonesifer and Michael Kinsley, among others.
The three co-founders of TheDream.US are Don Graham; Henry Munoz of Munoz and Company, San Antonio, TX; and Carlos Gutierrez of Miami, FL, former US Secretary of Commerce.