Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating $33 million in the form of a award grant to help 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status attend college.
The Bezos grant comes through TheDream.US, a scholarship money for Dreamers. The organisation, which is less than four years old, says this is the largest award it has in the past received. In partnership with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 governments, TheDream.US offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, costs and books.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, ” Bezos said in a statement. “He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and finding- and the help of some remarkable the organisations of Delaware- my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he seems blessed him in so many routes. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
Earlier this week, Bezos became the richest person of all time when his net worth reached $105.1 billion. At the time of publication, Bezos is worth $108 billion. Bezos’ donation likewise comes at a time when Congress and the White House are battling it out over the future of DACA.
Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. But DACA status does not stimulate them eligible for federal awards and loans , nor state be used to help 44 governments. That’s where TheDream.US comes in. As of now, 2,850 students are enrolled in college through this program. The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.
While TheDream.US organization is not old enough to have graduation rates, it says its intellectuals are thriving academically , noting that 94 percentage return to college after their first time, while “the member states national” average is just 72 percent.
“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.”