Cboe Empowers


Cboe Empowers is a community engagement program that supports under-resourced students across the educational spectrum through mentorship, scholarships, and access to Cboe’s associates, work environment and other academic, professional, and personal opportunities.

Our mission is to equip the next generation of underrepresented students by providing learning opportunities to propel them for early career success.

Cboe Empowers' Four Key Pillars

Education, Youth Development and the Cboe Empowers Scholars Program

Associate Engagement

Community Partnerships and Investments

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Students Smiling

We strive to support underserved youth in the global communities where Cboe associates live and work. Students who have academic support, access to resources, and a network of dedicated advocates, statistically succeed at a higher level. They’re more engaged academically, intrinsically motivated and achieve more throughout their lives.

Cboe Empowers is dedicated to developing lifelong learners from as early as fifth grade to college and beyond through mentorship, internships, scholarship support and unique career exposure opportunities

Cboe Empowers Scholars Program


The Cboe Empowers Scholars Program awards a select number of full-ride scholarships to African-American and Latinx students from neighborhoods on Chicago’s South or West sides, from Kansas City, MO & KS, and students from New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx Queens, or Staten Island).

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Applications are due by January 15, 2024

Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply here

Associate Engagement

Many of Cboe’s associates are already involved with outstanding charitable and mentorship organizations. Cboe Empowers brings these collective experiences together to address barriers and equip the next generation with the tools, resources and professional networks they need for early career success.

Community Partnership And Investments

Impactful partnerships with organizations and schools in the communities where Cboe associates live and work are vital to the Cboe Empowers mission.

Cboe Empowers is dedicated to fostering growth as a responsible global citizen through community partnerships and collaboration. To date, we have established meaningful partnerships with John B. Drake Elementary, Working in the Schools (WITS), and Greenwood Project.

The History Of Cboe Empowers

Cboe Empowers was established in 2020 as a community engagement program that provides mentorship, scholarship and guidance to under-resourced students throughout their educational journey through access to Cboe's associates, resources, work environment and other learning and experience opportunities. The program initially launched in Chicago, with plans to expand to other Cboe office locations around the globe. The vision for Cboe Empowers is to support students through all stages of education, from elementary or primary school to career, by providing mentorship, learning and experience opportunities, professional development and scholarships to students within the Chicago Public School (CPS) system and graduates pursuing higher education. Cboe Empowers supplements its own programs by collaborating with local partners, including the Greenwood Project and Working in the Schools (WITS), to create maximum impact for its participants.

Cboe is committed to being a local partner in the communities where we live and work. Cboe’s mission to create an inclusive global marketplace that enables participants to define a sustainable financial future is only made possible by ensuring that the next generation is set up for success. Cboe Empowers is designed to equip the next generation of under-resourced students with the tools they need for success by providing learning opportunities that enable them to pursue their dreams.

To learn more about Cboe Empowers