Jeff Bezos to Donate $33M in College Scholarships to DACA Students

Jeff Bezos to Donate $33M in College Scholarships to DACA Students

TheDream.US is the largest scholarship program in the country for participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA), who are often called Dreamers. On Friday, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced a $33 million donation to provide 1,000 scholarships to DACA youth, the Wall Street Journal reports. "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English".

"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", stated Bezos. In partnership with over 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states, TheDream.US offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, fees and books. Numerous students aided by the organization are unable to receive in-state benefits or federal grants and loans.

According to CBS News, it is the biggest donation made in the history of the organization.

Bezos said the grant will allow some 1,000 undocumented high school students to attend college. Currently, some 2,850 college students receive aid from the program. "We started this program to benefit the Dreamers, their families, and the United States of America".

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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. The President has aimed several Tweet storms at the "Amazon Washington Post", accusing Bezos of using the Post as a political tool.

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.

Munoz and Donald Graham, chairman of Graham Holdings, KSAT's parent company, are co-founders of TheDream.US, along with Carlos Gutierrez, of Miami, a former USA secretary of commerce.

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