Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated $5 million to a scholarship fund for undocumented students.
The fund, called TheDream.US, was founded in 2013 by ex-Washington Post publisher Donald Graham. It is dedicated to aiding DREAMers to pay for college, and Zuckerberg’s and Chan’s donation will go towards 400 undocumented Bay Area students’ associates- and bachelor-level educations.
Said Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook page:
Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants are part of our communities and attend school legally in the United States. Many of them moved to America early in their lives and can’t remember living anywhere else. They want to remain in the country they love and be a part of America’s future. But without documentation, it’s often a struggle to get a college education, and they don’t have access to any kind of federal aid.
America was founded as a nation of immigrants. We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation, and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential. If we help more young immigrants climb the ladder to new opportunities, then our country will make greater progress.
Zuckerberg’s and Chan’s contribution comes as part of TheDream.US’s “I’m In” campaign, which challenges philanthropists to donate towards the cause of undocumented youth’s higher learning. The two have already made a name for themselves as education philanthropists, having committed a $120 million donation to Bay Area public schools.