Daily Point of Light Award

Volunteer Team Recognized by Pres. Bush’s Foundation, Points of Light Award

We are extremely proud and humbled to announce that the Lint Center for National Security Studies has earned a Daily Points of Light Award on behalf of President George H. W. Bush’s the Points of Light Foundation. Receiving this award and recognition on such a momentous day in our nation’s history is a true honor.

To see the official Points of Light blog post, please go here:

9/11 Made Counterterrorism ‘a More Pressing Priority’ for the Nation and for These Volunteers

And our profile page here:


Our first corporate sponsor, Stratfor, was proud to hear the news that the Lint Center earned the Points of Light Award on 9/11.

“Stratfor welcomes the opportunity to support aspiring national security and intelligence community workers,” said Fred Burton, Vice President of Intelligence at Stratfor.

“On this 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our country, we are solemnly reminded of the serious challenges facing policy and decision makers as they strive to navigate the complexities of global geopolitical issues,” says Burton. “Stratfor proudly supports the Lint Center for National Security Studies in its ongoing quest to identify and mold the next generation of counterintelligence and national security leaders, and we congratulate the entire Lint Center team for this important and well-deserved honor from the Points of Light organization.”

Since 2007, the Lint Center has enabled students to further their studies in the intelligence and national security fields through its biannual scholarship program. Thanks to the tireless efforts of its volunteers and the generous support of its corporate sponsors and donors, including Stratfor, the Lint Center has awarded 57 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 per student.

In addition to awarding merit-based scholarships, the Lint Center also facilitates a mentorship program connecting future leaders with current and former industry professionals.

“We created the Lint Center to fill a niche void, one that teamed emerging and talented national security rookies with veterans in the national security community,” says Kay Lee Nicholas, Director and Scholarship Committee Member.

“The old saying that ‘rookies make rookie mistakes’ is a truism, however, the number and severity does not have to be of that cardinal reality. Lint Center scholarships and our mentoring program strive to elucidate that end.”

As an all-volunteer organization with no paid employees, we depend on reliable individuals with a variety of skills to conduct both short and long-term projects.

“Our Volunteer Program allows individuals to work on projects from their current location, which provides us great flexibility,” says Bridget Struthers, Operations Coordinator.

“In turn, LC has developed a worldwide presence while offering volunteers the opportunity to develop skill sets, build resumes, and expand their network. We currently have open positions in volunteer coordination, marketing, public relations, web design, video production, blog writing, fundraising, and mentor care. We encourage volunteers to explore areas of interest, propose new ideas, and even create their own positions.”

Our web/graphic design team is currently working on a project to re-design and update the Lint Center’s website.We have several volunteers working on the project, led by K. McDonald.

“I volunteer because I am proud to support an organization that provides a needed service to the intelligence community. At Lint Center, I have a great deal of flexibility in what I do. My interest is technology, and I have been able to apply web and graphic design skills I learned in school to Lint Center projects. It’s rewarding to directly see my education making a difference in the world,” says McDonald.

Our marketing and public relations teams have made incredible progress over the past year, and we attribute much of our success, especially this award, to their hard work.

Elizabeth Molina, our Public Relations Coordinator says she volunteers because, “There is nothing more rewarding than being given the opportunity to give back and promote education in a niche field while further developing professionally. As a young professional, The Lint Center has allowed me to use the skills that I’ve learned through my experiences and background in communications to help someone else advance their career. It’s an incredible feeling to be a part of an organization that is comprised entirely of volunteers who donate their skills and time to aid in the pursuit of an education in a field that is rapidly changing.”

Our first scholarship winner and Member of the Board of Directors, Timothy W. Coleman, encourages volunteers to participate and take the initiative.

“As a certifying organization, we offer our outstanding volunteers the ability to work towards achieving a Presidential Volunteer Service Award issued by the Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States,” says Coleman. “It’s a strong resume bullet and an impressive talking point, especially in a job interview. As such, we strongly encourage our team to participate.”

Many ask about the challenges associated with being a web-based organization and what brings LC volunteers together. “With many industry professionals nearing retirement, we recognize the need to develop scholars and leaders who have the ability to think outside the box, exercise sound judgment, and steer our nation in the right direction,” says Struthers. “We have organized an extraordinary team of individuals who share a passion for national security and a desire to protect our nation. At the Lint Center, we know that every volunteer is critical to our success. Our people are our greatest asset.”

Jim Lint, Chairman and CEO of the Lint Center, would like to thank the volunteers who work behind the scenes each day and set the example of service before self.As our leadership reminds us, “We win as a team and we earn this as a team.”

Thank you LC Volunteer Team!

To join our team, please visit the Lint Center website and apply today.

About Stratfor:

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 www.stratfor.com.

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 biannually for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center, an IRS approved charity, is veteran and minority operated and managed. For more information, please visit www.LintCenter.org.