L.I.F.E. Foundation




L.I.F.E. recently partnered with Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics (COI) to establish the L.I.F.E. Fellowship program in an aim to locate tomorrow’s difference makers and support them throughout their undergraduate careers. The university put a call out to incoming freshmen and current COI students majoring in computer or data science, and who were interested in taking on a minor or second major in life sciences, in a move to train tomorrow’s computer scientists in the workings of the human mind.

It’s the who-knows-what-else that interests George Wile. Wile, who founded precision contract manufacturer Planet Products Corporation in 1947 and served as the company’s president until 1999, established the Local Initiative for Excellence (L.I.F.E.) Foundation in 2014 with treasurer Carter Randolph and secretary Patty Brockman after Wile survived a battle with leukemia. L.I.F.E.’s stated mission is to “support research to achieve better health outcomes for patients with brain and neurodegenerative disease”; in practice this involves supporting researchers who are actively trying to make who-knows-what-else a reality.


Eligibility for Funding

Must be accepted for admission as a degree-seeking student at Northern Kentucky University. Incoming students must have a high school GPA of at least 3.75 and a composite ACT score (or equivalent) of at least 29. Continuing students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 and a recommendation from a professor in the sciences. Must be pursuing a declared major in Computer Science or Data Science with a second major or minor in the life sciences. Applicants must declare their intent to pursue a PhD in a field of study in computational biomedical sciences.

Amount: Up to $10,000 per year, plus $10,000 in research stipend funds to work with a professor.

Duration: Up to four academic years provided eligibility requirements continue to me met.

L.I.F.E. Fellowship

2021 Student Bios & Essays

View info of Ben Coburn & Ashton Davey, the 2020 L.I.F.E. Fellowship program recipients.

L.I.F.E. Fellowship

2020 Student Bios & Essays

View info of Carlee Franklin & Peyton Hayes, the 2020 L.I.F.E. Fellowship program recipients.

L.I.F.E. Fellowship

2019 Student Bios & Essays

View info of Shawn Huesman & Ludiana Atnafu, the 2019 L.I.F.E. Fellowship program recipients.

L.I.F.E. Fellowship

2018 Student Bios & Essays

View info of Hannah Creech & Jaylen Jones, the 2018 L.I.F.E. Fellowship program recipients.

Focused on providing fundamental knowledge about the brain, disorders, and treatments.