Вторник, 24 Апреля, 2018


Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program

Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program Jeff Bezos contributes $33 million to Dreamers scholarship program
Conrad Doyle | 13 Января, 2018, 02:13

The money will fund 1,000 college scholarships, TheDream.US said in a statement.

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. Dreamers receive a total of $33,000 in scholarship aid over four years to help pay the cost of tuition, fees and books. It also comes as Trump continues his thinly veiled criticism of Bezos, citing his concern about Amazon's impact on the U.S. Postal Service. There are 2,850 students now enrolled in college under the program, which works out to more than $23.5 million in aid, but approximately 800,000 Dreamers who have received DACA status since 2012. In announcing the donation, Bezos talked about his father, who was unable to speak English when he arrived in the United States from Cuba as a 16-year-old.

The students will be eligible to attend one of 76 colleges and universities in 15 states that partner with the scholarship fund.

TheDream.US president Candy Marshall said Bezos' gift is a "shot in arm for Dream students at a time when some are questioning whether they should be in the United States at all".

Bezos says his adopted father came to the US from Cuba unable to speak English. "MacKenzie and I are honored to be able to help today's Dreamers by funding these scholarships", he said.

But because Dreamers still live in a legal gray zone, some forms of paying for college, like government grants and student loans, are often unavailable to them.

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. The group is already funding scholarships for nearly 3,000 kids now in college, with backing from the foundations of other techies, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Pierre and Pam Omidyar. We expect a 75% graduation rate. Other co-founders included Henry R. Muñoz III, the finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee, and Carlos Gutierrez, who served as commerce secretary under President George W. Bush. The organization is accepting applications from Dreamers in 15 states until March 1, she said.

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