Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, donating $33 million to 'dreamers'

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The money will be used to fund 1,000 college scholarships for undocumented immigrant high school graduates who are studying in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In the statement, Bezos noted that his father came to the USA from Cuba when he was 16, and that he wanted to help "today's Dreamers" with the donation to the scholarship program.

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

Bezos, who's one of the 100 business executives to sign a letter urging Congress to protect Dreamers, said that his father was only able to make something of himself because generous organizations helped him when he arrived from Cuba.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, donating $33 million to 'dreamers'
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, donating $33 million to 'dreamers'

The grant is considered the largest donation in the organization's history. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships". The donation from the Amazon CEO and his wife will provide each undocumented immigrant high-school graduate with $33,000 in college aid over four years. As of now, 2,850 students are enrolled in college through this program.

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. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program.

"We expect a 75% graduation rate", TheDream.US President Candy Marshall said in a statement. "This is extraordinary-extraordinary for any students; extraordinary for the colleges they attend; and extraordinary for students from low-income families in particular". "We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students". MacKenzie Bezos is the author of two novels; her first book, The Testing of Luther Albright, won an American Book Award in 2006. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pershing Square Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are also among the other major contributors to the program.

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