Bezos Donates $33 Million to Dreamers' Scholarship Fund


Bezos Donates $33 Million to Dreamers' Scholarship Fund

But Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie have just given $33 million in support to DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers.

"The surest path to the American dream and contributing to the US economy is through a college education", said Henry R. Muñoz, III, principal of San Antonio-based Muñoz & Co, lifelong Latino activist and co-founder of TheDream.US.

The money will help fund 1,000 college scholarships and is the largest donation yet to a fund established by Donald E. Graham, the former publisher of The Post who sold the company to Bezos in 2013.

Dreamers don't qualify for federal grants, loans, and can't get government backed financial aid in 44 states, but with his private donation, Bezos is making aid available.

In the statement, Bezos credited his father, who came to the United States as a part of Operation Pedro Pan at 16-years-old. The White House and some GOP lawmakers rejected a tentative deal from a bipartisan Senate group on Thursday - the same day President Trump made incendiary remarks about people from developing countries.

TheDream.US launched in 2014.

In a press release announcing the grant, Bezos noted that his stepfather Miguel was born in Spain and immigrated to the USA from Cuba when he was 15 years old. "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.

Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status.

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.

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.

He said that, despite the uncertainty, he encourages DACA recipients to apply for the scholarships.