Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Bezos Donates $33 Million to Dreamers' Scholarship Fund

Bezos Donates $33 Million to Dreamers' Scholarship Fund

Amid intense talks in Washington over the fate of undocumented students in the USA with legal protection, Jeff Bezos - Amazon founder and CEO, Washington Post owner and frequent target of President Trump - and his wife MacKenzie donated $33 million to a scholarship program that helps thousands of immigrant teens pay for college.

The money will go to a scholarship fund that will pay for 1,000 illegal immigrant high schoolers to go to college. "He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English". "With a lot of grit and determination... my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways".

According to the organization, which works with more than 70 low-priced colleges in 15 states, Dreamers receive $33,000 in scholarship aid to help pay for various college costs including tuition, fees and books.

Jeff Bezos is one of the richest persons in the world. Currently, some 2,850 college students receive aid from the program.

The donation came within a day of the Washington Post's reporting that President Donald Trump, during a meeting with legislators Thursday, called Haiti, El Salvador and unnamed African countries "shitholes" from which the United States should not accept immigrants. 94% return to their college after the first year; the national average is 72%. "We're a three-and-a-half-year-old program, so we don't yet have graduation rates", said the organization's president, Candy Marshall, in a statement. We would invite anyone who questions the value of Dreamers to please come meet some of our students.

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. The Obama-era provided temporary legal protection to around 700,000 dreamers that were living in the United States. The President has aimed several Tweet storms at the "Amazon Washington Post", accusing Bezos of using the Post as a political tool.

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