News Release

CME Group to Present $65,000 in Scholarships to Chicago Public School Seniors as Part of Mayoral Awards Program

Tue May 31 2011

WHO:              Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

                        CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy

                        CME Group Chief Executive Officer Craig Donohue

Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard


WHAT:            26th Annual CME Group Center for Innovation Awards for Student Achievement


WHEN:            Noon, Wednesday, June 1, 2011


WHERE:         Auditorium Theater Building

                        50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago

                        Valid press credentials required for admission


TO RSVP:       Please contact Debra Derdzinski, 312-207-2571,



            Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard will join CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy and CME Group CEO Craig Donohue in honoring 65 high-achieving Chicago Public School high school seniors who were selected based on essays they wrote about innovation, as well as their academic standing and extracurricular activities. Each student will receive a $1,000 achievement award.  A number of students also will receive summer internships at CME Group clearing firms.


            CME Group’s achievement award program has provided more than $900,000 to help more than 1,000 students advance their academic and/or professional careers since the award program was inaugurated in 1986. 


            Today the scholarship program is run by the CME Group Center for Innovation, which was established in 2003 to create and sponsor original programming that identifies, showcases and fosters examples of significant innovation and creative thinking across multiple industries. The Center’s signature program is the CME Group Fred Arditti Innovation Award which annually honors an individual whose innovative ideas, products or services have created significant change and improvement to markets, commerce or trade. 

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