Alma Onate ('16)
Alma Onate, a chemistry major who has minors in biology and honors, moved to the U.S. from Mexico when her younger sister, Sandra, was diagnosed with glaucoma at a young age. Sandra, who is now a freshman chemistry major at NKU, had multiple surgeries on both of her eyes over the years. Those surgeries led to a financial burden that caused Alma’s parents to lose their home last year—right in the middle of Alma’s toughest semester on campus.
Isaiah Kelly ('20)
Isaiah Kelly, a media informatics major is making strides and opening doors left and right. He’s used the tools NKU has provided him to create his own shoe business and, in the process, competed in and won a prestigious entrepreneurship award.
Parker Kain ('19)
Parker Kain found his home in the Honors College at NKU. “The Honors College was a way for me to step out of my usual comfort areas and explore topics I wouldn’t get to talk about in other classes.”
In fact, Parker stepped out of his comfort zone during his sophomore year when he took a class that partnered with local businesses.
Emily Marsala ('16)
Emily Marsala, a Cincinnati native and 2016 Northern Kentucky University graduate, designed the Wendy’s cups not long after being hired by Saatchi & Saatchi X—a marketing network whose parent office resides in Arkansas. Marsala’s blue and red illustrations change with each drink size, but all of them promote the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit charity dedicated to finding homes for children in foster care.
The Honors College is partnering with a bourbon distillery in the Commonwealth for a course designed to better understand the science behind the spirit. Students will be taking an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history, business, and science behind bourbon. *The class will not include any actual tastings or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
At NKU, Esports is more than a game! Whether it’s our competitive varsity program or our NKU Esports Club, you’ll find students engaged in all levels of play. In addition to our programs for players, NKU Esports is engaged in developing classes for students who are interested in making Esports as part of their careers.
During the fall semester, the Honors College hosts weekly lunch and learns. We invite guests to engage with students and talk about regional interests and needs, professional development, internship and job opportunities, and much more. These events will expose you to a variety of opportunities available to you during, and hopefully early in your college career. Last fall alone, we invited 38 different guests to speak with students.
The Institute for Student Research & Creative Activity (ISRCA) engages, supports, enhances and acknowledges the involvement of students and their faculty mentors in research, scholarship and creative activities throughout campus. ISRCA assists in growing the number and breadth of research, scholarship and creative activity opportunities for all NKU students.
Scripps builds connections between campus and community, with an emphasis on developing stewardship and citizenship. We work to create an ecosystem of engagement, in which opportunities and experiences are not isolated but part of a learning environment that unites the classroom and the real world.
Education Abroad provides students with academically rigorous, culturally immersive programs that offer the opportunity for personal growth, academic achievement, and a competitive edge in our increasingly global society. We strive to offer not only affordable programs, but scholarship opportunities to help fund your experience.