Trustee John W. Rogers Makes Gift to Support Underresourced Students Interested in Finance

Thanks to a generous gift from University Trustee John W. Rogers, Jr., LAB’76, the College and Career Advancement will pilot the Ariel Investments Internship Program in Finance, an extensive series of new programming that will be made available for underresourced students interested in finance. Mr. Rogers is the chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments, an investment firm headquartered in Chicago.

Mr. Rogers’s gift will support career advising, professional development workshops, networking opportunities, and funded internships for College students. A major goal of the program will be to encourage more students from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in finance.

“Many groups have historically been underrepresented in the finance industry,” Mr. Rogers said, “and the University of Chicago has a large population of bright, talented, and diverse students who can make a difference in the field. I am very proud to support this initiative and help students achieve their career goals.”

“The University of Chicago has a deep commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity,” said Meredith Daw, executive director of Career Advancement. “Because of John Rogers’s gift, more students than ever will be able to go after their dreams and find meaningful careers, regardless of their background. The College and Career Advancement are incredibly grateful to Mr. Rogers for his generosity.”

The Ariel Investments Internship Program in Finance will provide a comprehensive career preparation curriculum, including:

  • One-on-one career advising with an industry expert
  • Workshops on core professional skills such as resume writing, interviewing, and networking
  • Seminars on key finance topics, including financial statement analysis and asset valuation
  • Site visits with employers in the finance and investing industry
  • Networking events with diverse alumni working in finance
  • Internships at nonprofits that manage endowments and investment portfolios

The College and Career Advancement thank Mr. Rogers for this generous gift and look forward to launching these new resources.