With many American families struggling to put their kids through college, having grants and scholarships available is a substantial benefit. Enter Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos who has donated $33 million to fund 1,000 college scholarships — but those scholarships are intended for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals only.
The fund will be set up through a nonprofit organization, according to a statement issued by TheDream.US on Friday. The huge pledge is the largest in the organization’s history, according to The Washington Examiner, and will allow DACA recipients to attend one of 70 low-cost colleges across 15 states.
Addressing the fund, Bezos said: “My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan. He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination – and the help of some remarkable organizations in Delaware – my dad became an outstanding citizen, and he 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.”
MacKenzie is Bezos’ wife.
With 800,000 potential recipients, the fund will go to students who qualified students who are on the road to earning their bachelor’s degrees.
The Examiner reports:
DACA recipients are allowed to stay in the U.S. and work. However, they are not eligible for federal grants or school-related loans.
Currently, six states allow members of this group to receive state aid in order to attend college or university.
[With TheDream.US program] each student will receive $33,000 in scholarships over the course of their four-year bachelor’s degree. The money can also go toward school-related fees and books for classes.