Jeff Bezos Funds 1000 Scholarships for DACA Recipients Through $33 Million Grant

Bezos donates $33 million for 'dreamers' scholarship program

Bezos donates $33 million for 'dreamers' scholarship program

TheDream.US, the country's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, says that Dreamers are unable to receive state aid in 44 states and are not entitled to federal grants and loans.

According to Bloomberg's Billionaire Index, Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $108 billion. "My dad came to the United States when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Jeff Bezos said in a statement.

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.

"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen and he continues to give back to the country he feels blessed him in so many ways", Bezos said in a statement.

Bezos, who is the richest person in the world, and his wife, MacKenzie, will be donating the sum to TheDream.US, a scholarship program that has awarded more than 1,700 immigrants more than $19 million in financial assistance since it launched in 2014.

TheDream.US partners with more than 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states. Bezos is providing the 1,000 students with full scholarships. Eligible students have until March to apply.

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. "Second, Dreamers, you do have an opportunity to access higher education". Numerous students aided by the organization are unable to receive in-state benefits or federal grants and loans.

In September, Trump ended DACA, an Obama-era program protecting young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation. The corporate leaders said, "The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country".

Trump's announcement about DACA's end sent shockwaves into classrooms across the country, and prompted heated negotiations in Washington to reach a permanent, legislative fix. Trump repeatedly said that border wall funding had to be a part of the deal for it to continue.

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