In An Act Of Kindness, Jeff Bezos Donates $33 Million Dollars So Undocumented Immigrants Can Go To College For Free
Jeff Bezos who is Amazon’s CEO has donated $33 million to fund college scholarships for 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates.
Bezos is donating the money in the form of a grant through a Dreamer scholarship fund called TheDream.US. The organization, which is now four years old, says that this is the single largest donation that they have ever received.
The money will help fund $33,000 dollar scholarships for individual students, which will be spread over a period of four years to help pay for tuition, books, and other fees related to education.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan. 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 Delaware – 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,” said Bezos in a statement.
While Bezos made this generous donation, he concurrently became the richest person of all time as he now has a net worth of $105.1 billion dollars.
Over 800,000 people have registered for the DACA program since it was established in 2012. While DACA recipients can go to college without the fear of deportation, they are ineligible for federal grants and loans.
With the help of organizations like TheDream.US and donors like Jeff Bezos, these DACA recipients can afford to get college educations.
TheDream.US has seen great results from students who are enrolled though their scholarship program. They have determined that 94 percent return to college after their first year, which is higher than the national average of 72 percent.
“This is extraordinary—extraordinary for any students; extraordinary for the colleges they attend; and extraordinary for students from low-income families in particular,” said Candy Marshall, who is the President of TheDream.US organization.