San Francisco: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, the world’s largest online book retailer, and his wife, MacKenzie, are donating $33 million in scholarship to fund 1,000 undocumented immigrant students, a scholarship fund has announced.
The scholarship fund said, TheDream.US, that is the country’s largest scholarship programme for Dreamers, will give the grant, the largest sum ever awarded in the organisation’s history, to 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA position to help them continue to pursue their college education, Xinhua reported.
Dreamers often refer to a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and were protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, an immigration policy established by past US President Barack Obama in 2012 to shield them from deportation.
US President Donald Trump revoked the programme in September 2017, but his disputed judgment was blocked by a US district judge in San Francisco on January 9.
TheDream.US, that is partnering with more than 70 low-cost colleges in 15 US states, offers individual students $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help them cover the cost of tuition, fees and books.
Currently, “2,850 students are enrolled in college under the programme,” the fund stated in a statement on Friday.
“My dad got to the US when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” the fund quoted Bezos as saying.
The Amazon CEO stated he “landed in this country alone and unfit to speak English. With a lot of grit and determination — and the help of a few remarkable organisations in Delaware — my dad progressed to an outstanding citizen, and he continues to give back to the country that he feels blessed him in so multiple ways.”
Bezos is the richest individual in the world with a complete net wealth of $108 billion as indicated by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index released on Friday.
Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status.
However, the White House and Congress are battling it out over the future of DACA that President Trump has been keen on its revocation.