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Salesianum announces new scholarships thanks to massive donation from Bezos

The Salesianum School in Wilmington will receive a massive donation from a high-level alumnus.

Wilmington’s prominent Catholic Boys’ High School on Wednesday announced a $ 12 million pledge from Jacklyn and Miguel Bezos, parents of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The majority of the donation will endow 24 full scholarships at Salesianum, with preference given to residents of the city of Wilmington and immigrants to the United States.

Miguel “Mike” Bezos went to the Salesianum in the early 1960s, after immigrating to the United States from Cuba. The new scholarship will be named after the late Father James Byrne, who ran Casa de Sales, the Wilmington residence where Bezos stayed with other young refugees.

“The impact Father Byrne had on me, as well as the rest of us at Casa, lasted a lifetime,” Mike Bezos said in a statement released by the school. “We hope that those who have known Father Byrne and those who identify with the mission of Salesianum will join us in creating opportunities for more students from diverse backgrounds to attend Salesianum and to further enrich the experience. student. “

The Bezos family has also pledged to match donations over $ 100,000 to the school’s endowment over the next three years, up to a total of $ 2 million.

“The creation of this scholarship program creates extraordinary and ongoing opportunities for young men to attend Salesianum who might not otherwise have been able to do so due to financial constraints,” Wilmington Mayor Mike said on Wednesday. Purzycki, in a statement. Wilmington students who will be eligible and I am very grateful to Jackie and Mike Bezos for their thoughtful and generous decision which will change the lives of many young people forever. “

Salesianum has not been immune to the sexual abuse scandals of the Catholic Church.

Last year, a former director of the Salesianum was charged with child pornography. The school announced at the time the preliminary findings of its own investigation into his stay at the school confirmed the government’s claims.

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