L.I.F.E. provides scholarships to students in partnership with Northern Kentucky University’s (NKU) College of Informatics who intend to go into a career in the field of brain research.



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.


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


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


Past Recipients

Ben Coburn

My name is Ben Coburn, and I am from Hebron, KY. I attended high school at Villa Madonna Academy. I am majoring in Computer Science, with a minor in Biology & Chemistry. I chose NKU because of an experience I had touring one of the research labs. I was very...

Peyton Hayes

I am a freshman at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Neuroscience. I graduated from Conner High School in 2020. While in high school, I took advantage of as many stem groups and classes as I could from learning CAD in my...

Carlee Franklin

I am a freshman Computer Science major at Northern Kentucky University. I graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky where I participated in the School Based Scholars Program during my senior year. With my increased exposure to NKU, I knew...

Ludiana Atnafu

I am a Junior at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Biology. I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I came to Northern Kentucky University as an international student after finishing high school in my country. I was very...

Shawn Huesman

I am a student at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. I have lived in my hometown, Bellevue, Kentucky, for most of my life. I went to Bellevue High School and during my Junior year of high school, I was fortunate enough to...

Jaylen Jones

I am a Computer Science Major with a minor in Neuroscience. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in various parts of the city throughout my entire life. I attended schools in the Mt. Healthy School District for my entire academic career and graduated from Mt....

Hannah Creech

I am a Computer Science and Neuroscience double major. I graduated from Harrison County High School where I had my first programming experience. I ended up at NKU through a series of unfortunate fortunate events. The unfortunate event being an inability to gain a...