His donation will fund college scholarships for 1,000 DACA recipients, TheDream.US said Friday.
Well now, Amazon's CEO has entered the debate by making a clear statement on where they stand. Jeff Bezos announced that he would be donating a whopping $33 million to college scholarships for "Dreamers", children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
Left to right: Steve Poore, Christina Poore, Mike Bezos, Jackie Bezos, Jeff Bezos, and MacKenzie Bezos at the opening of the Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic. Almost 3,000 undocumented students are enrolled today through TheDream.US. 2,850 students are now enrolled in college under the program, according to the foundation. Bezos said in a statement, "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships".
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.
But because Dreamers still live in a legal gray zone, some forms of paying for college, like government grants and student loans, are often unavailable to them.
The Bezos grant will enable TheDream.US to help an additional 1,000 students.
"My dad came to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan", Bezos said. "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".
But TheDream.US provides each participant with a total of $33,000 in scholarship funds over the course of four years, which helps pay for their tuition, books and fees. They must pay out-of-state or worldwide tuition in more than 15 states, the foundation said. Others include The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Pershing Square Foundation; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Pierre and Pam Omidyar; the Robin Hood Foundation; The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation; the Ford Foundation; the PepsiCo Foundation; the Coca-Cola Foundation; and Don, Bill, and Steve Graham.
Support from the tech community has been a great boon to TheDream.US, according to Marshall.