Meet the New CME Group Foundation Scholars

Twenty-five college students are headed back to school with new scholarships from CME Group Foundation. Each selected student received up to $20,000 to further their studies in finance or technology – skills needed to take on the jobs of the future in global derivatives markets that CME Group operates.

While many scholarships are aimed at helping freshmen start college, the CME Group Foundation Scholars Program is targeted to ensure underrepresented minority sophomores, juniors and seniors can finish their four-year degree. Winners can reapply for up to three years of support.

"We're dedicated to investing in students because they are crucial to our success and future economic well-being," said Kassie Davis, Executive Director of CME Group Foundation. "Our hope is that by offering scholarships to underrepresented students majoring in finance, computer science, math and other similar areas, they'll be well prepared for careers in our industry going forward."

"With this load off my shoulders, I can focus more on my studies," said scholarship recipient Anthony Banuelos, Sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology. "I will work very hard to prove that I deserve this scholarship, so I can renew it for the next three years."

In addition to the scholarship money, students also got to attend a day of education at CME Group to learn about the markets and career opportunities in the city's financial sector. The students say the scholarships have them excited about applying their skills toward a career in finance and will also provide them access to real-world experience.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Jada Aduda will be a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago in fall 2019 majoring in finance with a minor in information systems. She grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and graduated from Osseo Senior High School. Her interests include getting involved in her communities, both at home and at school. Her career goal is to become a CFO or CEO of a major firm.

Jazmin Ayala will be a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2019 majoring in Finance. She grew up in Garfield Ridge and graduated from Curie High School. Her interests include mentoring underclassmen, planning social events within her business fraternity, and running alumni relations in a consulting organization on campus. Her career goal is to become a VP in banking.

Anthony Bañuelos will be a sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. He grew up in a Chicago neighborhood, Mayfair, and graduated from Lincoln Park High School.  His interests include baseball, eSports, photography, and coding.  His career goal is to become a software programmer.

Chris Becker will be a senior at DePaul University in fall 2019 majoring in finance. He was born in Chicago and grew up in a suburb of Saint Paul, MN where he graduated from Saint Thomas Academy. He is the president of the DePaul Investment Group and enjoys distance running. While he plans to work in investment banking upon graduation, his career goal is to become an entrepreneur.

George Campau will be a junior at Loyola University Chicago in Fall 2019 majoring in Finance and Information Systems. He grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from Jackson High School. His interests include sustainable design, violin fusion, and tennis. His career goal is to help mobilize the transition to a reduced-carbon economy through the financial services industry.

Maria Contreras will be a junior at Stevens Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Mathematics.  She grew up in Union City, New Jersey and graduated from Union City High School. Her interests include volunteering with Jersey Cares, projects with the Latin American Association, and Soccer club. Her career goal is to become a Business or Data Analyst.

Tania Guzmán will be a Senior at Loyola University in fall 2019 majoring in Finance. She grew up in Mexico and moved to Chicago eight years ago, where she graduated from Curie High School. She is very passionate about learning, trading, investing and powerlifting. Her long term career goal is to become a CFO, while in the short term she wants to become a Financial Analyst.

Jose Hernandez will be a junior at Loyola University in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. He grew up in Waukegan and graduated from Waukegan Brookside High School.  His interests include computing, fitness, traveling, and experiencing music live.  His career goal is to become a software developer. 

Stephanie Hernandez will be a senior at DePaul University in fall 2019 majoring in Management of Information Systems. She grew up in Brighton Park and graduated from Walter Payton College Prep. Her interests include dancing, volleyball, and swimming/diving. Her career goal is to become a Data Security Manager.

Scholastique Iradukinda will be a senior at Loyola University Chicago in fall 2019 majoring in Finance. She grew up in Rwanda and graduated from St Lawrence schools in Uganda. Her interests include poetry, travel, and good books. Her career goal is to become a financial consultant.

Estefania Lopez will be a junior at the Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in computer science. She grew up in Logan Square and graduated from Lane Tech College Prep. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha and the Association for Computing Machinery. Her career goal is to become a software engineer.

Nathan Lorenzo will be a junior at DePaul University in fall 2019 majoring in Network Engineering and Security.  He grew up in Jefferson Park and graduated from St. Patrick High School. His interests include being a member of Phi Theta Kappa, volunteering at a local IT business and hiking. His career goal is to become an Information Security Analyst.

Brooke Marshall will be a junior at Northern Illinois University in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. She grew up in Aurora, IL and graduated from Oswego East High School. Her interests include reading and game development. Her career goal is to become a software developer in the finance industry, and eventually own a finance software company.

Patrick Mullen will be a junior at Loyola University Chicago in fall 2019 majoring in Finance. He grew up in River Forest and graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School. His interests include playing the drums, working out, fishing, and basketball. His career goal is to become an investment banker.

David Ngige will be a Junior at Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. He grew up in the Woodlawn area and graduated from Kenwood Academy High School. His interests include trading cryptocurrencies, playing soccer and drawing. His career goal is to become a Quantitative Trader/Developer.

Jessica Oliveros will be a sophomore at DePaul University in the winter quarter of 2020 majoring in computer science. She grew up in Hegwisch and graduated from Downers Grove North. Her interests include creating music and web design. Her career goal is to become a software developer.

Zion Powell will be a sophomore at Saint Xavier University in fall 2019, majoring in Computer Science. He grew up in Harvey, Illinois and graduated from Thornton Township High School. His interests include mentoring chess at the library. His career goal is to own his own computer firm, in which he will teach coding to disadvantaged youth.

Hernan Razo will be a Junior at the Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in computer science. He grew up in Rogers Park and graduated from the Chicago Math and Science Academy. His interests include reading, cycling, and playing his saxophone. His career goal is to become a data scientist. 

Uriel Reyes Vazquez will be a junior at Loyola University Chicago in fall 2019 majoring in finance.  He grew up in South Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Omaha South High School.  His interests include running, reading, and acting. His career goal is to move to Illinois to become a Financial Analyst or Adviser for a Chicago firm.

Carlos Rodriguez will be a junior at Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. Carlos grew up in Gage Park and graduated from George Westinghouse College Prep High School. His extracurricular activities this summer have been interning at Kirkland and Ellis as a Service Management Engineer and volunteering at local civic engagement opportunities. He enjoys mentorship and tutoring roles around his community. Carlos' career goal is to become a software engineer.

Tyson Thomas will be a junior at Loyola University Chicago in fall 2019 majoring in Finance. He grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano Senior High School. His interests include participating in the Black Cultural Center at Loyola, Student Diversity Multicultural Affairs, and attending marches for social justice. His career goal is to become a tax attorney.

Lee-Ann Thompson will be a first-year graduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Financial Engineering.  She grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated from Bishop Anstey High School East and Bishop Anstey & Trinity College East Sixth form.  Her career goal is to become a risk-technological professional.

Gladys Toledo-Rodriguez will be a sophomore at Illinois Institute of Technology in fall 2019 majoring in Computer Science. She grew up in Gage Park in Chicago and graduated from Lane Technical High School. Her interests include reading, tutoring, coding, and is treasurer for ACM-W IIT Chapter. Her career goal is to become a software engineer.

Daniel Velarde will be a sophomore at Loyola in fall 2019 majoring in Finance with minors in Mathematics and Spanish. He grew up in Carterville, Illinois and graduated from high school with honors in 2018. His interests include volunteering in community outreach programs. His career goal is to become a financial adviser.

Milton Zarzuela will be a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology in fall 2019, majoring in finance. He grew up in Paterson, NJ and graduated from Clifton High School. His interests include practicing jiu jitsu, playing guitar, watching Black Mirror, and volunteering with his fraternity/church. His current career goal is either investment banking or the alternative investment space.


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CME Group Foundation is celebrating 10 years.

10 Year Grantees

Loyola University Chicago

“CME Group Foundation brings a legacy of innovation and a commitment to leading-edge education for students.”

2007-2011

Center for Integrated Risk Management and Corporate Governance”

$1,000,000 over four years

2013

Volatility Forecasting in the Presence of Limits to Arbitrage

$20,000

2014–2018

CME Group Foundation Financial Services and Business Analytics Lab Quinlan School of Business

$1,000,000 over five years


Computer Science for All (CS4All)

The Fund


University of Illinois-Chicago

“These early math resources are playing a vital role in equipping early childhood educators with the skills and knowledge they need. The leaders of this grant are truly making an impact." – Alfred W. Tatum, PhD, Dean of College of Education
“The CME Foundation’s support has been instrumental in many key initiatives at UIC Business.” – Gib Bassett, Director of the International Center for Futures and Derivatives
“Students in the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago are able to focus on their studies and leadership opportunities rather than the need to work long hours to pay for their education.” – Ralph Keen, Dean, Honors College

2006

International Futures and Options Center

$250,000

2009

International Center for Futures and Derivatives

$125,000

2013

Taxing Market Activity

$25,000

2017–2019

Math at Home: Math Matters

$300,000 over three years

2007–2009

International Center for Futures and Derivatives

$750,000

2010

International Center for Futures and Derivatives

$100,000

2014–2016

Development of online early math professional development site for home child care providers

$200,000 over three years

2018–2019

Elementary Math Specialist Pilot

$200,000 over two years

2008

International Center for Futures and Derivatives

$250,000

2011-2014

College of Business Administration’s Market Training Lab

$1,000,000 over four years

2016–2019

Scholarships and Emergency Need Funds for UIC Honors College

$1,000,000 over five years


Big Shoulders Fund

“For nearly a decade…the generous investment of CME Group Foundation has created invaluable opportunities for teachers to deepen their knowledge of how children experience and understand the world around them through mathematics.” – Rebecca Lindsay-Ryan, Senior Director, Academic Programs and External Affairs

2008–2009

Patrons Program

$300,000 over two years

2017–2019

Deepening Capacity Within Early Math Collaborative

$300,000 over three years

2010–2012

Early Childhood Math Intervention Program

$750,000 over three years

2014–2015

MIND Research Institute’s ST Math Program

$1,000,000 over two years


Chicago Public Schools

"CME Group Foundation is helping accelerate the record-setting academic progress Chicago schools have made." – Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO

2008

Social Studies Blueprint Project

$100,000

2011

Career and Technical Education Initiatives

$50,000

2014–2019

expansion of Computer Science 4 All (CS4All)

$1,000,000 over five years

2009

Financial Literacy/Economics Education Initiative

$125,000

2013

Common Core math training materials (in partnership with Erikson Institute)

$148,000

2017–2019

Chicago P-12 Math Collaborative Expansion Project

$300,000 over three years

2010

Yes You Can!

$45,000

2014

Starter League professional development in coding

$25,000


Erikson Institute

“We are very grateful for this sustaining and invigorating relationship.” – Geoff Nagle, President and CEO

2007–09

Early childhood teacher development for teaching math at CPS

$500,000 over two years

2009

Early Mathematics Education Project

$125,000

2014–2016

Early Math Collaborative partnership with Chicago Public Schools

$250,000 over two years

2010–2014

Early Mathematics Education Project

$1,000,000 over four years

2017

1st Biennial National Conference on PreK-3 Math

$50,000

2013

Common Core math training materials (in partnership with Chicago Public Schools)

$148,000

2017–2019

Mathematics All Around Me (with Ounce of Prevention Fund)

$300,000 over three years


Ounce of Prevention Fund

“We applaud the Foundation for investing in the issue of early math and for regularly convening its grantees to share best practices and create collective impact across communities to advance kindergarten readiness and long-term school success.” – Diana Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund

2006–2010

Education Center and services for infants and toddlers

$1,000,000 over four years

2014–2016

Early Math Initiative

$275,000 over two years

2010–2014

Early Math Initiative

$1,000,000 over four years

2017–2019

Mathematics All Around Me (with Erikson Institute)

$300,000 over three years

2011

general operations

$5,000