Campus & Community

Stevens Students Honored With Prestigious Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Foundation Scholarships

(Hoboken, N.J. – July 30, 2019) – Three Stevens Institute of Technology students have been selected as part of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Scholars Program, which will provide a $20,000 scholarship each year for up to three years as well as a dedicated support person based in New York who will connect the students with internship opportunities. The recipients are Maria Contreras, Lee-Ann Thompson and Milton Zarzuela. 

Earlier this year, Stevens Institute of Technology was selected by CME Group Foundation as one of eight U.S. academic institutions – and the only one outside of the metro Chicago – to receive scholarship support for students from underrepresented minorities and underserved communities looking to progress their education and careers in the financial services industry. 

Maria Contreras is a rising junior majoring in mathematics and has a goal to become a business or data analyst. Maria is from Union City, N.J. and is a graduate of Union City High School. Her interests include volunteering with Jersey Cares, projects with the Latin American Association and soccer club.  

Lee-Ann Thompson is a rising first-year graduate student majoring in financial engineering and seeks to become a risk-technological professional. Lee-Ann is from Trinidad & Tobago and graduated from Bishop Anstey High School East and Bishop Anstey & Trinity College East Sixth Form.  

Milton Zarzuela is a rising senior majoring in finance and is focusing on a career in either investment banking or the alternative investment space. Matt is from Paterson, N.J. and graduated from Clifton High School. His interests include practicing jiu-jitsu, playing guitar, and volunteering with his fraternity and church. 

The scholarship comes as a result of an ongoing relationship with the CME Group Foundation built upon Stevens’ longstanding commitment to expanding access to underrepresented minorities and students from underserved communities. The relationship has been further strengthened by Stevens’ unparalleled caliber of the Hanlon Financial Systems Center, the only facility of its kind in the U.S. where students and researchers have access to a financial technology environment on par with what they will find at top Wall Street and fintech firms.

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 About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Since our founding in 1870, technological innovation has always been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,900 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate closely with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment. Academic and research programs spanning business, computing, engineering, the arts and other fields actively advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront our most pressing global challenges. The university is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services and the mid-career salaries of alumni.

 Stevens media contact: Katie Koch, 201.216.5139, [email protected]