Geekwire: Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $33M to fund scholarships for Dreamers

Bezos donates $33 million for 'dreamers' scholarship program

The immigrant experiences of his father, who fled Cuba to the US when he was 16, helped motivate the gift, Jeff Bezos said.

The scholarship program, The Dream.US that was launched back in 2014 has awarded scholarships to more than 1700 immigrants which are worth more than $19 million in financial assistance.

Amazon's Founder and the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has just donated $33 million to help educate Dreamers. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books.

In a news release, Bezos said, "My dad came here to the USA when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan". "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said in a statement.

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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"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. DACA was an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012 that granted some protections for qualifying undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

"MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he added.

It's incredibly inspiring to see someone like Bezos get involved in the fight for justice.

Bezos was "a generous donor who understood the social justice of supporting undocumented immigrants", Marshall said. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal.

Other donors to TheDream.US include Bezos' parents Miguel and Jackie, Pierre Omidyar, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Foundations, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Hopefully, Congress will take heed and take the necessary steps to make sure that Dreamers are fully protected from the Trump administration.

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