Seattle, WA (WTXF) - Amazon's Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, and his wife, MacKenzie, announced Friday that they are donating 33 million to fund 1,000 college scholarships for "Dreamers," according to FOX Business.
TheDream.US is the nation's largest scholarship program for Dreamers and this is one of the largest grants in the organization's history.
The money will go towards giving 1,000 undocumented immigrant high school graduates, who are part of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program, the opportunity to go to college.
“My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,” Fox Business reports Bezos said in a statement. “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.”
According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Jeff Bezos beat out Bill Gates as the world's richest person title with a net worth of $108 billion.