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cyber students who received scholarships

October 22, 2018– U.S. Bank continues its investment in Northern Kentucky University’s nationally-known cybersecurity program by announcing the 2018 U.S. Bank Cybersecurity Scholarship award recipients.

NKU and U.S. Bank leaders awarded scholarships to three students in the College of Informatics. The scholarship supports high-achieving students and their interests in cybersecurity.

“Cybersecurity is at the heart of keeping our customers, employees and communities protected from attacks,” said Tim Held, deputy chief information security officer for U.S. Bank. “In order to maintain safety and soundness, we need well-trained cybersecurity leaders in our businesses. That is why we are excited to partner with Northern Kentucky University for the third consecutive year to provide these scholarships to help further these student’s education and training.” 

This year’s recipients U.S. Bank Cybersecurity Scholarships include Adel Kassem, a junior Computer Science and Computer Information Technology double major; Nathan Long, a senior Computer Information Technology major; and Allyson Frame, a senior Computer Information Technology major. The students are also members of NKU’s Cyber Defense Team, which competes with other university teams across the nation in both offensive and defensive security skills.

“The work of protecting us from the ever-growing range of cyber threats is hard, and we need people with courage and a variety of skills to take this on,” said Kevin Kirby, dean of NKU’s College of Informatics. “Our country depends on an influx of new cybersecurity talent. These scholarships from U.S. Bank address this challenge head on, helping us expand, sharpen and diversify our technical talent in the area, and we are grateful for their support.”

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security has designated NKU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. To obtain this top level designation, NKU had to meet stringent criteria to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation. Collaboration on events like the Cybersecurity Symposium help achieve that goal.

About U.S. Bank:  U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $465 billion in assets as of September 30, 2018, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit