CCCF Finance Honors Program students with HCB professors and dean

Recently, Roosevelt University's Heller College of Business (HCB) officially inducted 10 students into the first cohort of its Finance Honors Track.

The new honors program, funded by a $1.04 million grant from the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation (CCCF), is a two-year fellowship that provides undergraduate students interested in finance the resources, tools and guidance needed to successfully reach their career goals. Along with the new fellows, the induction ceremony was attended by well over 65 guests including HCB alumni, industry executives, members of the Finance Honors Program advisory board, executive mentors, and Roosevelt faculty and staff.

Selected annually by the College of Business, CCCF Fellows receive professional development and career training that paves the way for acquiring internships and employment opportunities in the U.S. financial sector. With a long-term goal of promoting diversity in the financial workplace, the program has graduated 40 Roosevelt business students, the majority of whom are the first in their families to go to college. About 94 percent of program participants have landed internships, some of which have led to job offers. 

Dr. Asghar Sabbaghi, dean of the College of Business, and CCCF trustee David Johnson welcomed guests to the ceremony, talking about the program and the new fellows. After their introduction, Professor Tanweer Hasan, executive director of the CCCF Finance Honors Track, gave an overview of the program and shared the success stories of CCCF Fellows over the last three years, before introducing the event's keynote speaker, Anthony Sanfilippo, principal at Seppala Financial.

Sanfilippo's prestigious career arc included his time as president of Rodman & Renshaw, CEO of Hudson Holding Corporation, head of U.S. equity trading for Jefferies & Co., president and CEO of Knight Capital Markets, and interim CEO of the Knight Trading Group. He spoke to the fellows about his significant experience in various financial organizations, giving advice and encouragement about the exciting opportunities ahead of them. He concluded with words of wisdom about how they should plan carefully for their professional lives ahead of them.

To learn more about Heller College of Business programs, visit roosevelt.edu/business, and for further information about the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation Fellowship Program, please visit the CCCF page.

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