The Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards 2019 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship to Captain Maren Culbreth
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 scholarships and mentoring opportunities, today announced the winner of the 2019 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship.
Captain Maren Culbreth was awarded the Lint Center’s Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship for her continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security. The scholarship provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies.
Captain Culbreth’s scholarship essay dealt with a series of challenges she experienced during her time in the US Army and the personal growth she achieved as a result. She was a helicopter pilot who put in the long hours and late nights only to learn halfway through a deployment that the Army was retiring her airframe, the Kiowa Warrior. Undeterred, she transferred to Civil Affairs until an injury cut short her training. Suddenly she had became a pilot without an aircraft to fly or a mission to complete. Seeing her military career coming to an end, she applied and was accepted to law school.
“I’m glad I worked so hard and left it all on the field,” Captain Maren Culbreth says. “If I’d given anything less than my best, this would have been impossible to survive. This scholarship will help me continue to realize my dream from 2007, for our country and communities in which we live. Being awarded this scholarship will go far in helping me realize the dream I have to continue serving others long into the future. I want to thank the Lint Center for the tremendous support this scholarship provides.”
“Captain Culbreth was in the Army and learned there are good days and bad. The Army does not always do as we desire, but we have been a free country for 243 years. She will learn and do well in the next chapter of her life,” said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Many have been in her footsteps and will follow her steps.”
You can read her essay here.
About the Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship:
The Staff Sgt Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship is dedicated in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on August 12, 2003 (Iraq time). The scholarship fund provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies.
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/.
This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Ben Oatis.