Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joins CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, in recognizing 25 City Colleges of Chicago graduates who will receive scholarships from the company to continue their education at a four-year college or university. The winners recently graduated from Chicago’s community college system with an associate degree, having earned it debt free as recipients of the Chicago Star Scholarship. Each student will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship over two years from CME Group to support completion of their bachelor’s degree, creating more opportunities for students with diverse economic backgrounds to pursue their higher education goals.
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“The Star Scholarship program expands equity and opportunity for our dedicated students, helping us build a stronger pipeline of talent across Chicago,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “CME Group recognizes the strength and determination within our community colleges, and we are honored to help these students reach the next milestone in their path to success.”
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“We are proud of all the hard-working students we are able to help support as they continue their college education,” said CME Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Duffy. “We wish these scholars great success in finishing their studies and starting their careers, which will help power both our local and global economy going forward.”
For the fourth year in a row, CME Group selected 25 Star Scholar students from City Colleges of Chicago to receive scholarships that will support them in furthering their college career with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, management, math, computer science (IT), finance or economics at one of the Chicago Star Partner colleges and universities in the fall.
“I want to thank CME Group for creating the opportunity for talented and hard-working students to pursue their academic goals, regardless of their financial means,” said Chancellor Juan Salgado. “Together, we are putting City Colleges students on the path to upward mobility and helping to create a more inclusive Chicago economy.”