CME Group Foundation Announces New Computer Science Grantees

Eva Giglio is joined by two college students from the CME Group Foundation Scholars program at the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Learning Exchange All-City Spring Robotics Showcase on May 14.

Since 2015, CME Group Foundation has given $4.3 million in computer science grants to organizations providing in-school and out-of-school time programs, as well as research and data analysis. This year, CME Group Foundation provided $805,000 to 22 computer science (CS) grantees!

CME Group Foundation is the largest private funder of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) Computer Science 4 All (CS4All) initiative. Thanks to Foundation support, the CPS Office of Computer Science has expanded its elementary CS curriculum, prepared high schools to offer introductory CS classes, and increased the number of high schools with intermediate and advanced CS classes. A new pilot program will prepare CPS eighth graders to take advanced CS classes in high school.

There is no greater pathway to realizing educational equity for our students than to ensure all students, regardless of which school they attend, have access to the courses they need for tomorrow’s jobs,

Eva Giglio
Executive Director of CME Group Foundation

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2022 Highlights from Computer Science Grantees

Members of the Union League Boys and Girls Club as they competed in the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland on June 4.

CME Group Foundation is proud to support equity in access to CS courses and programming both in-school and out-of-school. There have been many accomplishments in 2022 from our CS grantees — here are some of the most recent.

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CME Group Foundation Partners with ISTC for STEM Ed Program and Challenge

Student mentees from Lane Tech High School at CME Group headquarters.

For the past four years, CME Group Foundation has funded the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition’s (ISTC) STEM education program, which connects classrooms with companies to solve real world problems while preparing the next generation of STEM talent.

Mentorship is the two-way exchange of new ideas covering ‘what’s already been done’ and ‘why it was done that way,’

Jonathan Morley
Software engineer, CME Group

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CME Group Foundation Hosts CPS/CCC Chicago Roadmap Luncheon

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado at the CME Group Foundation Chicago Roadmap luncheon.

On June 6, CME Group Foundation hosted a luncheon for corporate partners to learn about the Chicago Roadmap, an unprecedented strategic partnership between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), to support students along a seamless path to and through college on the way to their chosen careers.

The luncheon featured a fireside chat with CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado, introduced by CME Group Foundation Board Chairman Charlie Carey and Eva Giglio.

Last year, CME Group Foundation proudly provided a $1 million five-year grant to the Chicago Roadmap, as it complements our focus on closing educational equity gaps, while ensuring local students have access to resources that can help ensure successful paths from classroom to career. There are still opportunities for the philanthropic community and corporations alike to play a critical role in the Chicago Roadmap.

If you are interested learning more about how you can help the Chicago Roadmap, please contact Sadie Stockdale Jefferson ( or Rhonda Brown (

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