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 grant from Bezos was submitted through Dreamer Scholarship Fund TheDream.US.
Amazon owner Jeff Bezos made a decision to donate $33 million for a scholarship fund for children who were brought illegally to the United States by their parents, he announced Friday.
After shares of Amazon surged on Wall Street earlier this week, Bezos took over the top position as the richest man in history with a fortune of over $105 billion. 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.
Graham launched TheDream.US with Henry R. Muñoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush.
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"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Jeff Bezos said in a statement.
TheDream.US, the nation's largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. On Jan. 9, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump's decision to end the DACA program. "My dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways", said Bezos.
It's incredibly inspiring to see someone like Bezos get involved in the fight for justice.
"Whenever you have organizations like that behind you, that is a stamp of approval", Marshall said. He was among 100 corporate leaders who sent a letter to Congress this week calling for the program's renewal.
According to The Dream.US, this is the largest grant they have ever received. Congress has until March to make a decision about the 800,000 people impacted by it.
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