Jonathan Deemer Awarded Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2018 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship to Union College undergaduate student Jonathan Deemer

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the winner of the 2018 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship.

Jonathan Deemer, was awarded the Lint Center’s Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship for his continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security. The scholarship provides $500 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.

Deemer’s winning essay, “The Russian Militarization of the Arctic: the Responsibility of NATO to Counter Russian Aggression,” highlights the dangers of Russia’s increasingly strong presence in the oil-rich Arctic region and offers insightful and realistic solutions. His careful analysis and vital topic set his work apart from other applicants’.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be a recipient of the Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship,” says Deemer. “I would like to thank the Lint Center for National Security Studies and its benefactors for their dedication to national security and their commitment to providing career development opportunities for my generation. It is my hope that I will be an effective public servant and will make the Lint Center proud to have its prestigious name associated with me.”

“It is a pleasure to see that Jonathan Deemer is a forward thinker, looking at future threats to our country,” says Lint Center Director James Lint. “Mrs, Byun and her husband were also forward thinkers. They were refugees of the Korean War and had to move and work hard to create a good life in South Korea.  Mrs. Byun saw the potential in Deemer.”

Jonathan Deemer was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a third-year undergraduate at Union College in Lincoln, Jonathan is studying international relations and business finance. On campus, Jonathan is the Vice President of the college’s United Nations Association chapter, as well as the captain of the basketball team, class president, and a member of the Student Senate. Off campus, Jonathan has been involved in a number of internships, including those with Nebraska State Senator Brett Lindstrom, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, and the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis. Over the coming summer, he will be in Washington, D.C. for the American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Policy Studies Program. Immediately following, he will be in Stuttgart, Germany interning with the U.S. European Command. After his undergraduate studies, Jonathan plans to pursue a joint degree including a Juris Doctor and a Master’s Degree in International Relations. As an Officer Candidate in the U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class, Jonathan will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant after graduation from law school.

About the Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship:

The Lint Center’s Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship provides $500 to students who display a passion, understanding, and appreciation of international relations, cultural awareness and the impact pioneers for positive change can achieve. The creation of the Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship is part of the Center’s Pioneer Fund for Unfettered Freedom, Excellence, and Entrepreneurship. The established Pioneer’s Fund recognizes the contribution of individuals who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to freedom, a devotion to excellence, and an unbridled enthusiasm for entrepreneurship.

About the Lint Center:

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit http://www.lintcenter.org/.

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This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Sarah White.