ALBURQUERQUE, New Mexico — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest person on Earth, is donating $33 million to fund college scholarships for 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school students who live in the U.S. with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status.
In a press release announcing the gift, Bezos shared that his father had come to America from Cuba when he was 16 years old with no English skills.
“With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways. MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today’s Dreamers by funding these scholarships.”
The $33 million will go to TheDream.US, a nonprofit education group that provides financial aid to DACA students to help them pay for college. The organization will then give 1,000 DACA students a total of $33,000 each in scholarship aid over four years to cover their higher education costs.
— USHCC (@USHCC) 12 januari 2018