Amazon owner Jeff Bezos decided to donate $33 million for a scholarship fund for children who were brought illegally to the United States by their parents, he announced Friday.
Bezos, now the richest person in the world, is donating the sum to The Dream.US, a scholarship program for illegal immigrant high school students protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, reports The Washington Post.
Bezos referred to his stepfather, an immigrant from Cuba, in his reasoning for donating to the scholarship program.
“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,” Bezos said in a statement.
Currently, the organization works with 15 cheap colleges and offers funds of $33,000 to qualifying Dreamers to offset the costs of tuition, books, fees and lodging.
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