Amazon's CEO Donated $33 Million To A Scholarship Fund For 'Dreamers'

Amazon's CEO Donated $33 Million To A Scholarship Fund For 'Dreamers'

Amazon's CEO Donated $33 Million To A Scholarship Fund For 'Dreamers'

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.

In a press release announcing the grant, Bezos noted that his stepfather Miguel was born in Spain and immigrated to the us from Cuba when he was 15 years old.

As the "Dreamers" as they're known, are illegal immigrants, they are not eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government, TheDream.US aims to offer these students up to $33,000 in financial aid spread over four years of college study. "We're a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don't yet have graduation rates", said Candy Marshall, president of TheDream.US. At this time, 2,850 students are enrolled in the program.

Bezos donation is expected to cover scholarships for approximately 1,000 illegal immigrants who are now still in the country under the Obama-era DACA policy.

TheDream.US teams up with more than 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states.

But because Dreamers still live in a legal gray zone, some forms of paying for college, like government grants and student loans, are often unavailable to them.

In a statement announcing the donation, Bezos cited the story of his adopted father, who left Cuba as part of Operation Pedro Pan. "With a lot of grit and determination... my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways". "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships".

The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.

Bezos has been at the center of a long-simmering feud with Trump, who regularly tweets about the tech mogul and Amazon, as well as the Washington Post, which Bezos owns. They also must pay out-of-state or global tuition, which often more than three times in-state tuition in more than 15 states.

Other donors to TheDream.US include Bezos' parents Miguel and Jackie, Pierre Omidyar, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Foundations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The organization is accepting applications from Dreamers in 15 states until March 1, she said.