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Amazon's Bezos to donate $33M for DACA student scholarships

13 January 2018

"My dad became an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so many ways", Bezos said.

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.

The organization now works with more than 70 low-priced colleges across 15 states. At this time, 2,850 students are enrolled in the program. The scholarship helps Dreamers who might otherwise be unable to afford college.

"Our students are highly motivated and determined to succeed in college and in life".

With this new position may come increased public scrutiny towards Bezos' giving, or lack thereof, as it did for Bill Gates when he ascended to the mantle. "But our scholars are thriving academically".

"We expect a 75% graduation rate", TheDream.US President Candy Marshall said in a statement. It is a shot in the arm for Dreamer students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all.

As members of Congress debate the future of a program that temporarily protects from deportation almost 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the USA as children, the world's richest man has delivered a strong message.

Mike and Jackie Bezos (parents of Jeff) are also among the early donors to TheDream.US., as is The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It's the privilege of those who are part of this program to help them over the obstacles.

The money will fund 1,000 college scholarships, TheDream.US said in a statement.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, took to Twitter in June 2017 to ask for ideas about a philanthropy strategy. They live in Seattle and have four children. The group is already funding scholarships for nearly 3,000 kids now in college, with backing from the foundations of other techies, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Other co-founders included 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.

Amazon's Bezos to donate $33M for DACA student scholarships