U.S. Bank Announce

2019 Cybersecurity Scholarships Winners


November 6, 2019— Northern Kentucky University and U.S. Bank announced the recipients of the U.S. Bank 2019 Cybersecurity Scholarship. The stand-out cybersecurity students in the College of Informatics were presented with their scholarships at an event on Oct. 29, 2019.

The 2019 U.S. Bank Cybersecurity Scholarship recipients are John Arlinghaus, a senior Math and Computer Science major; and Zebadiah Gentry, a junior Computer Information Technology and Computer Science double major. This is the third year U.S. Bank has highlighted high-achieving students and supported their interests in cybersecurity.

 “U.S. Bank is proud to partner with NKU and honored to help usher these students into the next step in their cybersecurity journey,” said Tim Held, deputy chief information security officer for U.S. Bank. “It is a true passion of mine that we continue to educate our future workforce in the Cybersecurity Industry.”

Arlinghaus and Gentry are members of NKU’s Cyber Defense Team and compete with other universities across the nation. COI’s JRG Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab, the region's premier cybersecurity training space, provides hands on learning for students on the serves and technology in the real world.

This summer, NKU also had its designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education renewed by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. To obtain this top-level designation, the university had to meet stringent criteria to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation.

“Cybersecurity is hard, yet without strong talent in security our businesses and personal lives are at risk. This is why it’s critical to partner with business leaders like U.S. Bank, who have the vision and commitment to support our students so they are ready to move into the workforce,” said Dean Kevin Kirby, College of Informatics.

Computer Information Technology (CIT) is one of the top-four majors at NKU with cybersecurity as the highest enrolled CIT track.  For more information about the program, visit NKU’s Center for Information Security website.

About U.S. Bank: U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $488 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019, 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 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About NKU: 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, visit nku.edu.