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Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Senior Special Writer, Miriam Jordan reports on the $5M donation to TheDream.US Scholarship fund by the Silicon Valley billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, and his wife Priscilla Chan.  TheDream.US provides scholarships to undocumented students in the Bay area.

Miriam Jordan is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal’s Los Angeles bureau focusing on political, business and human-interest stories about immigrants and Latinos from a grass-roots perspective. Ms. Jordan also writes about education, health and poverty issues.

Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Donate $5 Million to TheDream.US Scholarship Fund

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Photo by REUTERS

By Miriam Jordan | The Wall Street Journal | 6/17/15

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are donating $5 million to TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for young undocumented immigrants.

“America was founded as a nation of immigrants,” he wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post.” We ought to welcome smart and hardworking young people from every nation, and to help everyone in our society achieve their full potential.”

The Facebook CEO has a been a vocal supporter of immigration reform. In 2013, he founded FWD.us, a lobbying group aimed at creating a “pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.” On Wednesday, Zuckerberg explained his latest move.

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Mark Zuckerberg – An Extraordinary Donor

Facebook CEO and supporter of immigrant rights, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $5 million to make it possible for undocumented Immigrant students in the Bay area go to college.

The money will go to TheDream.US, a nonprofit scholarship fund established in 2013 to help undocumented students who aren’t able to pay for their college education without financial aid. Their mission is to enable students’ entrance into the American workforce.

This morning, the folks who run The Dream.US, woke up knowing that thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, their organization is $5 million closer to achieving its goals.

What If Mark Zuckerberg Isn’t On Your Donor Roll?

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