Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in college scholarships for 'dreamers'

Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in college scholarships for 'dreamers' Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in college scholarships for 'dreamers'
Russell Knight | 13 January, 2018, 00:48

TheDream.US said in a statement that the Bezos' donation would pay for 1,000 scholarships for so-called "Dreamers" to attend college, and that it was the largest donation in the group's history.

Their grant will fund 1,000 college scholarships for US high school graduates enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

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. The donation from the Amazon CEO and his wife will provide each undocumented immigrant high-school graduate with $33,000 in college aid over four years.

Jeff Bezos' parents founded the Bezos Family Foundation, a philanthropy organization focused on charitable giving to education. It also comes as Trump continues his thinly veiled criticism of Bezos, citing his concern about Amazon's impact on the U.S. Postal Service. Almost 3,000 students are now part of TheDream.US program. "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said in a statement.

The organization said it now has over 2,850 students enrolled in its program with partnerships with more than 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states across the country.

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"My dad came to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Jeff Bezos said in a statement Friday. But DACA status does not make them eligible for federal grants and loans, nor state aid in 44 states. They also get no state aid in 44 states and and must pay out-of-state or global tuition in more than 15 states.

Bezos, who overtook Bill Gates a year ago to become the world's richest man, has been openly urging the government to reauthorize the DACA program.

The program is less than four years old so there are no graduation rates yet. The group is already funding scholarships for nearly 3,000 kids now in college, with backing from the foundations of other techies, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Pierre and Pam Omidyar. The organization is accepting applications from Dreamers in 15 states until March 1, she said.

"The surest path to the American dream and contribution to the U.S. economy is through a college education", said Henry R. Muñoz III, principal of San Antonio, Texas-based Munoz & Co. and a co-founder of TheDream.US, along with former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez.

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