Army Counterintelligence Agent Awarded Lint Center Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies announces the winner of its Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award of the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Richard Sanders, a veteran Army counterintelligence agent, is this year’s scholarship winner. Over the course of his career, CW4 Sanders has deployed six times to conflict areas around the world, serving in both staff and leadership capacities, and has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Knowlton Award. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins. CW4 Sanders’ 17 years of distinguished service in Army counterintelligence differentiated him from the Lint Center’s other scholarship applicants.

Recipients of the award receive $500 towards education in national security or intelligence studies.

“I’m honored to have received the Patrick M. Hughes, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Retired Inspiration Scholarship,” said CW4 Sanders. “I’m grateful to the Lint Center for considering my application, and I hope to honor Gen. Hughes’ name by relentlessly pursuing excellence as I continue to move my career forward. I’m beyond humbled.”

In addition to his impressive career, CW4 Sanders’ scholarship essay was instrumental in the committee’s decision. He examined Alexander the Great, his conquests, and how a frayed relationship with his father fueled a constant drive to prove himself to be the better man. “This type of investigation into causes and motivators is required in the counterintelligence field,” said Mr. James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center. “CW4 Sanders’ study of Alexander the Great’s psyche during his years of conquest exemplifies the type of creative and analytical thinking the committee looks for when awarding scholarships. That, and his already impressive service career speaks to the quality of CW4 Sanders as a national security worker.”

The Lint Center announced the Patrick M. Hughes scholarship in February 2016 to honor the legacy of General Hughes’ and his leadership over the course of his career. After 35 years of active duty service, General Hughes embarked on federal civilian service, as well as a private consultant, federal contracting executive, and contractor. The Lint Center hopes his life story and this scholarship will embolden the next generation of emerging leaders to follow Lieutenant General Hughes path in the national security career field.

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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.

Scholarship Winner Naheed Vadsaria Publishes Book

Tajik Hope: Reflections on Engaging Women in Kapisa Province.
by Naheed Vadsaria

Naheed Vadsaria is currently an MBA Candidate at at Johns Hopkins University. She won the Lint Center’s ‘Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness’ Scholarship and wrote about how communication can be a difficult aspect of National Security for her essay submission. She was the Recipient of Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, Superior Civilian Service Award, and French Brigade Ministry of Defense and Veterans Commander Commendation Award. She also Co Authored an article on Brazil’s Silent Resolution: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/brazils-silent-revolution

She published an ebook titled: Tajik Hope: reflections on engaging women in Kapisa province. A short summary can be found below:

The ebook discusses her work and interactions with Tajik Women in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, while she worked as a Social Scientist with the Department of Army’s Human Terrain System in Afghanistan. As a Social Scientist, she was embedded with French Brigade Task Force Lafayette (TFLF). It was here where she conducted operationally relevant research and analysis on major socio-cultural issues affecting TFLF’s area of operations. She also worked with Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa’s ad hoc Female Engagement Teams and Kentucky Agricultural Development Team to identify and collaborate with local Women’s Shura (councils) and key female leaders residing in Nijrab District, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan.

The ebook Tajik Hope includes a series of case studies that can be used to broaden the lens of Coalition Forces’ (CF) perception and widen Western Audiences’ understanding of how women in Afghanistan might be understood and engaged. Although most interviews conducted throughout the case studies were conducted with ethnic Tajik women, this ebook is intended to serve as a sociocultural awareness tool to assist CF in understanding how they can respectfully interact with Afghan women, including key female leaders and Women Shura. The document provides key conclusions drawn from each case study. Throughout these case studies are Holy Qur’anic Surahs and Hadiths, which support Afghan women’s rights in accordance to Islam.

Here is a link to the ebook: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/2016/03/08/tajik-hope-reflections-on-engaging-women-in-kapisa-province-2/

New Operations Manager

It is with great pleasure that we can say that Amber Antony will become the new Operations Manager here at the Lint Center. Congratulations Amber!

Amber began at the Lint Center a little over two years ago as a volunteer/internship application screener and then moved on to screening scholarship applicants and eventually managing all of the scholarship screenings. She was then promoted to the Volunteer Coordinator position and then to HR Manager in 2016. While at the Lint Center she created the Lint Center Scholarship Screening Standard Operating Procedures, oversaw and assisted with the screening of over 100 volunteer applicants which assisted in increasing the size of the Lint Center’s volunteer base. In addition to this, During a contest to name a new scholarship given by a donor, her write up of great grandfather, Ira Dale Smith, Chief Petty Officer, US Navy (Ret.) was selected to have a scholarship named after him.

Thank you Amber for your service to the Lint Center and we appreciate all that you have done. We look forward to seeing you in this new position!

Thanks,
The Lint Center

Yale Doctoral Candidate Recognized with Lint Center Scholarship

Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards Winter 2017 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship

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 award of the 2017 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship.

Torey McMurdo, a Yale doctoral candidate, 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 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship provides $1,000 to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and national security studies

“It is a distinct honor to receive the Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. scholarship and the support of the Lint Center,” said Ms. McMurdo. “This scholarship will assist with data collection and interviews for my doctoral dissertation on information warfare, particularly in Europe. Staff Sgt. Eaton spent his youth just a stone’s throw from my current residence in New Haven, CT, so this scholarship resonates especially strongly. I look forward to earning this honor by emulating his standards and character both academically and professionally in the years ahead.”

Ms. McMurdo’s winning essay established a clear understating of cyber-attacks and technological vulnerabilities facing the United States. Her previous experience working with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to advise companies on national security issues resonated with the scholarship committee.

Gold Star mother, Sharon Noble Eaton, said “I had the honor and great pleasure of enjoying luncheon with and presenting my son’s Lint Center for National Security scholarship (in memory of Army SSG Richard S. Eaton) to Torey McMurdo, a native of California, current Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. Her Ph.D. research targets the real-world threats of cybersecurity and cyber conflict.  Torey has and will use her gifts of intellect, integrity, leadership, determination and humanity to make significant contributions in (national security). The world will be a safer place because of people like Torey McMurdo.”

Mrs. Sharon Eaton (right), mother of Army SSG Richard S. Eaton, presenting the Winter 2017 Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship to Torey McMurdo (left).

“Torey has all the makings of a good intelligence professional,” said James R. Lint, CEO of the Lint Center. “That is a high bar to achieve and she has a great background that will allow her to grow. The scholarship is named for a great comrade in arms, Rick Eaton, who constantly pushed himself. I believe Torey will follow his lead and remember him whenever faced with a challenge.”

Due to the generosity and continued support of Stratfor, the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform (www.stratfor.com), Torey McMurdo will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor Worldview which includes industry leading geopolitical analysis, and rigorous forecasting of emerging global developments.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center Volunteer, Elizabeth Monila. 

About Stratfor:

As the world’s leading geopolitical analysis platform, Stratfor brings valuable context to global events, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. By leveraging a deep understanding of history, politics and geography in conjunction with our unique methodology, Stratfor delivers informed perspectives on today’s events and develops a more accurate view of the future. Individual subscriptions and enterprise membership are available at 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 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/.

MBA Candidate at Johns Hopkins University Receives Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award of the Winter 2017 Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship.

Naheed Vadsaria, a Technical Trainer/Information Assurance Specialist for Harris Information Technology Systems and MBA candidate at Johns Hopkins University, was awarded the Lint Center’s Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship for her continued and demonstrated commitment to advancing national security.

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Lee and Byun Scholarship International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship,” said Naheed Vadsaria. “I would like to thank the Lint Center for National Security Studies for recognizing the research and analysis work I conducted as a Social Scientist with the Department of Army, Human Terrain Systems in Kapisa, Afghanistan. This scholarship will help me pave my path towards pursuing a career in national security, specifically focusing on Cyber Security. I am looking forward to leveraging the Lint Center’s mentorship program and working with this dynamic organization to obtain the skills necessary to protect our great nation. I also plan to give back, by assisting others who are also pursuing a career in National Security. I am truly humbled.”

“Ms. Vadsaria is a smart government contractor, working in multiple organizations, and changing her career focus,” said Mr. James R. Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “This makes her a more valuable employee due to her learning new methods in different agencies, and now new talents for further use in Federal Government support.”

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. In her winning essay, Ms. Vadsaria’s used her experience as a Social Scientist while deployed down-range with the U.S. Army to establish a series of recommendations on how the military can improve the quality of its interpreters.

Due to the generosity and continued support of Stratfor, the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform (www.stratfor.com), Naheed Vadsaria will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor Worldview which includes industry leading geopolitical analysis, and rigorous forecasting of emerging global developments.

About Stratfor:

As the world’s leading geopolitical analysis platform, Stratfor brings valuable context to global events, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. By leveraging a deep understanding of history, politics and geography in conjunction with our unique methodology, Stratfor delivers informed perspectives on today’s events and develops a more accurate view of the future. Individual subscriptions and enterprise membership are available at 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 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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.

Lint Center Launches Partnership with NCSA to Advance Intelligence Education

New Partnership Establishes Free Memberships to the National Cybersecurity Student Association for Scholarship Recipients and a Media Partnership.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit dedicated to fostering the educational development of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, announced a new partnership with the National Cybersecurity Student Association. The NCSA, a leading organization supporting cybersecurity educational programs, plans to work with the Lint Center to further their shared missions of providing educational opportunities for emerging leaders in the national security and intelligence fields.

The NCSA will be providing the Lint Center’s scholarship recipients with free membership to the National Cybersecurity Student Association beginning in July 2016. The free NCSA membership will provide an abundance of resources to the Lint Center’s merit-based scholarship winners. Resources from the NCSA include a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education/research and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce which was funded under a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant.

“The National Cybersecurity Student Association (NCSA) is excited to partner with The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. in order to energize, expand and cultivate a diverse ecosystem of next generation cybersecurity professionals through education, mentoring, and professional development opportunities” said  Gustavo Hinojosa, Executive Director of NCSA.

In addition to the free membership, NCSA and the Lint Center will collaborate on a new media partnership focused on the promotion of education in the fields of national security and intelligence.

“Having watched the beginning of Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), I understand the need for NCSA” said James R. Lint, CEO at the Lint Center. “It is great to get students involved in understanding cyber threats and cyber espionage early. It will be a great future force multiplier for the Cyber fight.”

 

This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Jake Goldberg.

 

About the National Cybersecurity Student Association:

The National Cybersecurity Student Association www.cyberstudents.org , is open to all college and university students, 18 years of age and older interested in Cybersecurity Education and Careers.  It is a one-stop-shop to enhance the educational and professional development of cybersecurity students through activities, networking and collaboration.  The Association helps students connect the dots thru their education to careers, with connections, collaborations and career support.  Our group supports the cybersecurity educational programs of academic institutions, inspires career awareness and encourages creative efforts to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the field.  Our Student members are looking for internships, scholarships and career opportunities.

NCSA Marketing Flyer

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.

Lint Center Proudly Announces the Appointment of Mr. Timothy Coleman to Vice President

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Timothy Coleman to Vice President.

Mr. Coleman was one of the first scholarship recipients from the Lint Center for National Security Studies, awarded the Aehee Kim Alliance Building Award in 2008. Completing an exceptionally successful Lint Center mentorship, Tim requested to continue to serve as a volunteer to give back to those who would go on to champion the Center’s mission. Tim is known for his tireless efforts supporting the Center which have propelled him to progress through a multitude of roles of increasing responsibility. In recognition of Tim’s volunteer work he has received two Presidential Volunteer Service Awards during his tenure. Since 2008 Tim has served as the Lint Center Public Affairs Officer, Director of Communications, and Chief Operating Officer. We are pleased to announce his promotion to Vice President. Tim was the first volunteer to be invited by the Center to become a formal member of the Board of Directors. Tim will continue to provide strategic counsel as a standing member of the Board of Directors.

Tim completed his B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. in Finance from the Andreas School of Business at Barry University, a Graduate Studies Program Certificate from Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, and a Master’s of Public and International Affairs with a major in Security and Intelligence Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Tim was also a Research Associate at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, his research focused on technology adoption strategies by violent non-state actors and terrorist groups.

Tim began on Capitol Hill, worked on a successful U.S. Senate campaign and then joined a full-service, technology marketing communications firm. He was an intelligence analyst for a DC-based service which provided global intelligence and forecasting from former CIA, U.S. intelligence and national security officers. He also co-founded two security-focused technology startup firms, one of which was selected as Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Most Brilliant Companies,” and his firm was nominated for the “Cool Vendor of the Year” Award by Gartner Research.  Tim is a Washington, DC-based defense contractor and serves as the Executive Editor of Homeland Security Today Magazine. His writing has appeared in numerous notable publications.

In an earlier statement regarding Mr. Coleman, Mr. James Lint, President and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies commented, “I understand the importance of recruiting and mentoring the best possible emerging leaders to handle future issues of consequence, and I stand by that statement today. Mr. Coleman has been affiliated with the Lint Center for eight years where he began as a Public Relations Coordinator. He was eager, sharp and a great asset; a jack-of-all-trades within a young, but growing organization with limited funds. Mr. Coleman’s ability to move from Public Relations Coordinator to Vice President demonstrates his potential, and the potential of Lint Center Volunteers.”

“We have supported a tremendous amount of people who are diligently working, sacrificing, and defending this nation,” said Tim Coleman, Vice President Lint Center for National Security Studies.  “There is much to be said of young, emerging leaders who chose valor, honor, and national purpose above a multitude of alternate ambitious motivational professional drivers.”

Tim continued, “I am pleased to be a part of the Lint Center, gratified to be a part of its leadership team, and honored to continue supporting those who wish to follow in the footsteps of national service. I am most proud of our scholarship winners; they deserve the credit and recognition. They and our dedicated team of volunteers are the ones making the difference day-in-and-day-out.”

Lint added, “We always try to help our volunteers build their future. Mr. Coleman personifies the professional growth opportunities open to all Lint Center Volunteers. Volunteers have a chance for promotion and to climb the ladder of success in a charity. This can be a great benefit for building resumes and getting experience at a higher level leading to jobs with more responsibility in the future. We encourage our volunteers to enjoy the charity experience, learn and have fun!”

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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.

Lint Center and IAFIE Award $1000 Scholarship to Aspiring Intelligence Professional

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit dedicated to fostering the educational development of the next generation of America’s Counterintelligence and National Security professionals, and the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), the leading international organization for Intelligence Education, today announced the Summer 2016 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship award winner.

The winner, who for security purposes is known only as “WGBIII,” has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to continue his pursuit of a career in intelligence and national Security. WGBIII was awarded the scholarship based on his embodiment of the principles forwarded by the Lint Center and IAFIE.

“IAFIE is delighted to announce the winner of the Summer 2016 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship,” said Dr. Larry Valero, President of IAFIE. “WGBIII exemplifies the type of promising individuals we aim to assist through our scholarship initiatives—passion, desire to serve, strong moral fiber and dedication to improving national security.”

WGBIII is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Angelo State University (ASU). He holds a Master of Securities Studies, Intelligence and Analysis from ASU and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College. He plans to pursue a PhD and teach Security Studies and Intelligence at the conclusion of his intelligence career.

WGBIII has interned with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Law Enforcement Center and Georgetown University Law Criminal Justice Center. He also participated in the U.S. Naval Cadet Corps program where he developed a deep appreciation for American founding principles and military history.

“I am very grateful to both IAFIE and the Lint Center for the scholarship,” WGBIII said. “As a young professional, it means so much to be honored with this award. The scholarship will help defray the financial costs of my educational pathway and I am excited to have the privilege of learning from seasoned veterans in the field through the mentorship program.”

The Summer 2016 International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship was established by the Lint Center to assist talented individuals desiring to make a career in the intelligence field. The scholarship forwards the Lint Center’s shared mission with IAFIE of empowering and supporting emerging national security leaders.

“WGBIII is the first individual to receive the International Association for Intelligence Education Scholarship,” said James R. Lint, CEO at the Lint Center. “The Lint Center and IAFIE have been at the forefront of supporting vitally important careers in intelligence through education and scholarship opportunities. WGBIII clearly demonstrates the core qualities essential in the next generation of emerging leaders which the Lint Center aims to empower through this scholarship.”

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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.

About the International Association for Intelligence Education:

The International Associated for Intelligence Education is the leading international organization for Intelligence Education. The Association was formed in June 2004 as a result of a gathering of sixty plus intelligence studies trainers and educators at the Sixth Annual International Colloquium on Intelligence at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. The mission of the Association is to advance research, knowledge and professional development in intelligence education. For more information, please visit www.iafie.org.

Lint Center Announces the Appointment of Ryan Sofranko as Chief Operations Officer

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Sofranko to Chief Operations Officer.

Mr. Sofranko first joined the Lint Center as a marketing coordinator in July 2014. Since that time, he has taken on numerous key roles and positions, having previously acted as Operations Coordinator and Operations Manager. Mr. Sofranko exemplified his dedication to the Lint Center’s operations and the key abilities of problem-solving, operations research, and verbal communication that makes a both a volunteer and a manager successful. He has proved to be an indispensable member of the Lint Center’s team, responsible for managing and standardizing day-to-day operations, overseeing the selection and coordination process of new volunteers, and serving as lead project manager for a majority of Lint Center operations. In recognition of his dedication and professionalism to the Lint Center mission, he was awarded a Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2015. Sofranko will continue to manage the day-to-day operations with our non-paid all volunteer staff.

“We are delighted to recognize the hard work and dedicated efforts of key members of our volunteer team,” said Mr. James R. Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Ryan has made a tremendous impact on our mission and his professionalism exceptional. We are extremely pleased to further integrate him into the leadership team at the center and look forward to having him continue to propel the center’s success in the years to come.”

“We must never take our security for granted,” said Ryan Sofranko, Chief Operations Officer for the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “One of the many reasons I decided to volunteer with the Lint Center was because of the clear commitment to empower those who have dedicated their lives to the security of our nation. National security is a generational effort and we must work diligently to continue that tradition.”

“I am tremendously proud of all our scholarship winners, each of whom has an inspiring story and history of accomplishments. Mr. Sofranko continued, “Lastly, I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication displayed by our all-volunteer staff. We would not be able to accomplish our mission without every one you. It is an honor to work alongside of you each and every day.”

Mr. Sofranko completed his B.S. in Information Systems Security from American Military University and will graduate with an M.S. in Data Analytics from Southern New Hampshire University in January 2017. While at Southern New Hampshire University, Sofranko was awarded the university’s Veteran Scholarship in recognition for his academic achievement in his graduate program.

Mr. Sofranko has nine years of active duty service in the United States Air Force where he currently serves in the Airfield Management career field. He has held assignments in Mississippi, Virginia, Korea, and Hawaii and has deployed to the Middle East. Currently, Mr. Sofranko is assigned to Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces where he coordinates the joint use of international airspace with host nation partners. Recognizing his exceptional performance, U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori J. Robinson, the former Pacific Air Forces commander, presented Sofranko with a unique promotion through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program in January 2016. His personal decorations and accommodations include two Air Force Commendation Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal.

This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Lael Hardtman.

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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.

Columbia University Undergrad Receives Prestigious Lint Center Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies Announces Summer 2016 Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the award of the Summer 2016 Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.

Mr. Andrew Ertl, an undergrad at Columbia University in New York, was awarded the Lint Center’s Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship for his work in relation to global affairs.

Mr. Ertl’s personal experience in the Marine Corps saw him traveling to US embassies abroad allowing him to develop a unique perspective on international relations. While studying at Colombia University, he and his classmates were selected to visit Japan to improve cross-cultural ties between future American and Japanese leaders. Mr. Ertl hopes to graduate this year and continue his educational and professional development by pursuing graduate studies.

“I couldn’t be more thankful to Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint for their encouragement and support,” remarked Mr. Ertl. “But like former Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship winner and current Lint Center Vice President, Tim Coleman says, ‘the check was nice, but the contacts and mentoring are worth much more than the check, many times over.’”

Mr Ertl added, “The Lint Center for National Security Studies operates under the core values of service, scholarship, and stewardship, values that are very similar to the Marine Corps’ values of honor, courage, and commitment.  Both intersect and represent how we should live our lives in service to others. It is my desire to continue serving the country that has given me so much.  It is an honor, and I am deeply humbled to be able to do so while affiliated with the Lint Center for National Security Studies.  “

“We have not had many Marines apply,” stated Mr, James Lint, Chairman of the Lint Center. “Mr. Andrew Ertl shows that Marines still make well-rounded citizens and have the potential to further their expertise in the intelligence community. His military experience and multiple tours overseas in the Embassy Marine program speaks to his global perspective. His desire to continue on from his Marine career to his studies in Columbia University shows persistence – a fine trait for our national security workers.”

Dr. Anna H. Lint, Co-Founder of the Lint Center for National Security Studies, stated: “Languages skills for those representing the US government and for those employed in the intelligence community are essential. Mr. Ertl demonstrates these abilities with his German aptitude at Columbia University. As it has been shocking to see the lack of foreign communicative skills of government workers during my many years overseas, it is great to see this award going to an individual with foreign-language and foreign-travel skills and experience.”

Lint Center scholarships are intended for individuals who will strive to make our world a better place and with the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship we recognize that Mr. Ertl is a pioneer for positive change,” added Mr. Tim Coleman, the Vice President of the Lint Center.

The Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship was created to help further the education and career development of individuals interested in international affairs, counterintelligence, and national security. “Through the generosity of Jim and Anna, this new scholarship initiative will strengthen and reaffirm the importance of identifying potential National Security workers who demonstrate a sincere commitment to preserving American security,” said Ms. Kay Lee Nicholas, Executive Board Member, Lint Center for National Security Studies. “This scholarship will support individuals who clearly demonstrate a propensity to serve, a desire to expand their scholarly skills in cross-cultural studies, and who offer creative solutions to today’s great security challenges in the global context in which national security leaders operate.”

This press release was prepared by Lint Center volunteer, Zarek Shaikh.

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 https://www.lintcenter.org/.