Lint Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Diplomat and Scholar

Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces 2010 Ben Franklin Scholarship Winner

K = Name Withheld

The Lint Center for National Security Studies today announced the winner of its annual Ben Franklin Scholarship. The Lint Center, a non-profit charity based in Aberdeen, Md., awarded the 2010 Ben Franklin Scholarship to K. The Lint Center’s Ben Franklin Scholarship was created in 2009 to identify, support, and mentor young people who recognize the importance of America’s use of diplomacy and the tangible benefits of cultural awareness in international affairs, and encourage their leadership in the fields of counterintelligence and national security.

“I am very pleased that the Lint Center recognized my commitment to continuing my education in national security,” said scholarship winner K, a resident of XX. A former NCAA Division I athlete and prestigious Congress-Bundestag scholarship winner, K, who aspires to government service, plans to apply the Ben Franklin Scholarship toward her graduate studies. “I feel there are endless opportunities to utilize my Arabic,” she wrote in her personal essay, “gain regional expertise in the Middle East, and learn the fundamental tradecraft of intelligence to prepare me for a career in the National Security field.”

Her winning essay about “soft power” encouraged a “clear strategic U.S. commitment…to define, engage, and expand moderate Muslim networks operating in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

“We are pleased to award this scholarship to K,” said James Lint, chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Her hard work and ambition will surely fuel her continued success in this field. The Lint Center is pleased to support her continued education and to assist her through the Center’s mentoring program.”

In addition to a $500 scholarship, K will receive a national security mentor provided by the Lint Center who can provide career guidance. Due to the generosity and continued support of the world’s leading private global intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), K will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor’s Subscription Service, which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

For more information about K or any other Lint Center scholarship winner, please visit our Scholarship Winners Page.

About the Ben Franklin Scholarship:

Named in honor of American statesman and diplomat Ben Franklin, the Ben Franklin Scholarship, initiated in 2009, provides $500 to help defray the costs of undergraduate and graduate studies to recipients pursuing scholastic study related to America’s use of diplomacy or “soft power,” and the tangible benefits of cultural awareness in international affairs. Some of the key themes of interest include human security (economic security, food security, health security, and environmental security), conflict resolution, and personal diplomacy. The focus is on alternative uses, strategies, and tactics to ensure America’s security at home and aboard.

About Stratfor:

Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor) is the world’s leading private intelligence company providing individuals and corporations with breaking intelligence, in-depth analysis, assessments, and forecasts on global political, economic, security, and public policy issues. Through its unrivalled blend of strategic and tactical expertise, Stratfor helps clients protect their assets, diminish risk and increase opportunities to compete in the global market. Stratfor’s services include free intelligence reports, subscription-based access and confidential consulting. For more information, please visit

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501(c)3 organization created to award merit-based scholarships for counterintelligence and national security workers nationwide, their children, and scholars, and to advance the study of national security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. Scholarships are awarded twice-yearly, in January and July. The Center is veteran and minority-operated and managed.