Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has donated $33 million in scholarships to Dreamers, the undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children who now qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to the Amazon-owned Washington Post.
There are 2,850 students now enrolled in different colleges as part of TheDream.US scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and books. The grant, the largest in the organization's history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of U.S. high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college.
Earlier this week, Bezos became the richest person of all time when his net worth reached $105.1 billion.
The students will receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to cover tuition, fees and books at one of 70 colleges in 15 states.
"He landed in this country alone and unable to speak English", Bezos said.
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TheDream.US is co-founded by Don Graham, Henry Munoz and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez.
"With a lot of grit and determination - and the help of some remarkable organizations in DE - my dad became an outstanding citizen", said Bezos. On Jan. 9, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump's decision to end the DACA program.
"MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he added.
Bezos, the world's wealthiest man, has faced criticism in the past for not engaging in philanthropy at the same level as fellow multi-billionaires like Bill Gates.
In a bid to bolster the negotiations, more than 100 corporate leaders this week co-signed a letter to Congress calling for immediate legal relief to dreamers.
Support from the tech community has been a great boon to TheDream.US, according to Marshall. Congress has until March to make a decision about the 800,000 people impacted by it.