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2013 WINNER:  Denae Ford - At NC State University, she is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science aFordnd is Vice President of Women in Computer Science and a student athlete on the Varsity Track and Field team, she has found a way to challenge herself in multiple venues. She has also had the opportunity to work at SAS Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina as an InDatabase Development Testing Intern.  Essay & Bio


2012 WINNER:  Michelle Shevin-Coetzee is a sophomore at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University (GWU), where she is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in. Security Policy and minoring in Arabic. Michelle is a member of the international affairs honors society, Sigma Iota Rho, and is a frequent contributor to The School of Washington Journal: The Informer. She is the founder and president of the Women in International Security D.C. Chapter-GWU Student Branch and is an intern in OSD Policy within the Department of Defense. Michelle is an advocate for the study of foreign languages and speaks Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, and a little German. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, rowing, and reading about defense policy. Read her Essay!  Blog


2011 WINNER:  Matt Richardson graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a B.S. in Geospatial Intelligence and a minor in Arabic. HeMatt Richardsonspent four months in Jordan learning Arabic during the summer of 2009. This summer he had an internship with Dept of State, Office of the Geographer and Global Issues. He has also been back to Jordan to improve his Arabic skills. He is currently working toward a M.S. in Intelligence and National Security Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Bio   Essay.

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2010 WINNER:  Boris K. - US Citizen, born in the Soviet Union, and grew up in NYC. This excellent linguist joined the US Army and served as a member of a Special Operations Team Alpha (SOT-A,) a small SIGINT element, eventually becoming the team leader and completing two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During these deployments, his team participated in collection and numerous operations outside the wire in support of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula. He is currently completing his Bachelor's degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Washington, Seattle while serving in the Washington Army National Guard. (Full Bio)  and National Security Essay . See Press Release.


2009 WINNER:  Natalia Grabowski  -  Foreign Language Acquisition: A Key to America’s Success  Essay + Bio  and Photo in Italy (PDF version)  Additional short bio for LC.

Honorable Mention:  Igor Mamut


2008 WINNER: Sergeant Jennifer Lynn Flory, U.S. Army was the first winner of this scholarship. ----Press Release and see webpage with interesting idea from her essay. Scholarship Information. This essay can be your thoughts, feelings, ideas or experiences pertaining to Counterintelligence, National Security, Alliance Building, and/or National Defense.  Ground-breaking innovative ideas/solutions are desired. See the attached Vanguard article which was part of SGT Flory's application for which she received a 2008 scholarship from the Lint Center for National Security Studies; MICA participated in her recognition by providing SGT Flory with a one-year complimentary membership. (Photo at the bottom of page.) 


Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship  ($500) 



2013 WINNER: Alana Perez -

She is currently a sophomore at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and East Asian Studies with an emphasis on Chinese.

Bio and Essay



2012 WINNER:  Joey Kirshy is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in International Security Studies at the University of Arizona, after attending the American Military University’s National Security Studies Master’s program for one year. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, minoring in Arabic, Political Science, and Business Administration. Throughout Joey’s undergraduate and graduate studies, he has been employed as a full-time Student Intern with the US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Office of the Border Patrol. He was assigned to a joint operations center focused on combating transnational threats, having Department of Justice Mexican Cartels and Ambush Tactics of Tijuana Cartels Training, as well as Security Safeguarding Classified National Security Information and Security Anti-Terrorism Overview training. In tandem with his education and on-the-job experience, Joey’s upbringing on Military bases around the world, with an experienced federal civil servant for a mother and a 20-year soldier for a father, plans on pursuing an Intelligence Officer position within a Counterintelligence Unit after graduation. Essay


2011 WINNER: Sabeena Shaikh is currently pursuing a dual degree, a B.S. in Public Health and a B.A. in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Shaikh is part of the University of Texas’ Hindi Urdu Flagship, designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu; it is the first and only Hindi-Urdu program of its kind in the nation.

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2010 WINNER: Jordan Daniels

Quote from the Bio of this future national security worker. "Transferring to the School of Foreign Service is not only a personal accomplishment but a testament to my commitment to a career in national security. In transferring, I am forfeiting a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. To me it is well worth it. SFS has one of the most specialized undergraduate curricula in international relations, it will better prepare me for a profession in national security, and, put simply, I believe it will make me much happier."  Jordan's National Security Essay   


 2009 WINNER:  Stephanie Briones - HUMINT Essay + Bio and      Photo from winning Supply Airman of the Year


Honorable Mention:  Raymond Verret - Homeland Defense Essay + Bio

2008 WINNER: Joseph Linhart’s analytical essay discussing war and diplomacy as well as his experience with Effects Based Operations while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Press Release for 2008 Winner LT Linhart 


U.S. Army Counterintelligence Agent, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship ($1,000)

The 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 Staff Sgt Richard Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship fund provides to recipients pursuing scholastic study in fields related to Alliance Building, Counterintelligence, Cultural Understanding, and National Security studies. For more information on scholarship application requirements, please visit http://www.LintCenter.com/2009/Eaton.htm .

2014 NEW WINNER:  William White  More information is coming.

2013 WINNER:  A. Thorpe

SSgt Thorpe is stationed at United States Transportation ComThorpemand(USTRANSCOM) on Scott AFB, IL. During his military career as an Intelligence Applications Specialist, SSgt Thorpe has deployed four times in Afghanistan, Africa, and Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the past, he served within Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) on Hurlburt Field from Sept    2006 - Sept 2012, and United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) from May 2003 - Sept 2006. Currently, he is pursuing a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Homeland Security through Pennsylvania State University.

 Press Release   National Security Essay

2012 WINNER:  Miguel Ibarra

Miguel Angel Ibarra is a native of El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Government, and an Undergraduate Certificate in Business Foundations at the University of Texas at AIustin (UT). While at UT, he was named the Ronald E. McNair Scholar, an award for underrepresented minorities with academic potential in Graduate studies. Currently, Ibarra is pursuing a Master of Science in Intelligence and National Security Studies with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He is one of the founding members and the current Vice President of the Students in Intelligence and National Security organization at UTEP.  BIO Press Release for 2012 Miguel Ibarra



2011 WINNER: Devin Hernandez

Devin Hernandez is a Junior-year government major at the College of William and Mary (W&M) in Williamsburg, Virginia. His course of studies has placed a strong focus on strategic issues and national security, interests originating in an early life spent watching CNN.  These interests were further reinforced during his time at Chantilly High School, where he participated in Model United Nations and Debate and took several summer courses on international relations and political science with the Johns Hopkins University CTY program.  In additionally, Devin studied in Washington DC for a semester with the W&M in Washington DC program, during this time he also interned at the US Department of State.  He is also a member of the W&M Detachment of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.  An avid history and current affairs buff, Devin spends much of his spare time reading the news, opinion journalism and books.  Press Release for 2011 Devin Hernandez

2010 WINNER: 1LT John D. Deniston, U.S. Air Force

“National service is an honor and being awarded a Lint Center scholarship to further my desire to serve this country with distinction is a true privilege,” said John D. Deniston, First Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force and current graduate student focused on Strategy and Policy. “Having received a scholarship whose namesake, Richard Eaton, embodies service and sacrifice, I feel a greater sense of responsibility to focus on my studies  in order to remain a value contributor to America’s national security apparatus.”


2009 WINNER: Press Release for 2009 Winner Special Agent John M., a special agent who has spent over 10 years serving his country in various positions throughout the intelligence community. 



Lee and Byun International Relations and Cultural Awareness Scholarship, ($500)

True Freedom Fighters. Eekwon Lee and Jongja Byun had an incredible life with a true appreciation for freedom and tough choices. Two people who saw tough times during the Korean War and later traveled the world to pursue better opportunities for the family. This will be competitively awarded in the amount of $500. To remember and respect the donors’ historic experiences, the winning essay should be focused on international relations, cultural awareness, and pioneering for life changes. **Full Press Release** Scholarship Application


2014 NEW WINNER:  A member of USNA   More information is coming.



2012 WINNER: Zach Przystup

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2010 WINNER: Name Withheld Due to Current Duty Assignment

Excellent essay on changes to the Peace Corps with addition of a Cultural Corps.  (Personal Essay.)



2009 WINNER: Magdalena Ji-in Seol holds a B.A. in International Politics from Seoul National University in South Korea. She did her Master’s study in Forced Migration (Refugee Studies) at University of Oxford as the British Chevening Scholar and the Clarendon Fund Scholar. She worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Seoul and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. After getting involved in a series of international volunteer works, she published a book in 2004 based on her experiences. For more information and to read the winner’s essay, please visit: http://www.LintCenter.com/2009/US-Korea-Alliance.pdf.



John Joseph McGurk III Memorial Scholarship ($500)

This scholarship opportunity was created by a generous sponsor and consummate supporter of the Lint Center for National Security Studies.


2011 WINNER: Josh Basquez was born on base at Fort Ord, CA and joined the Navy as an Information Technician. He worked in the IT and War Gaming department at the US Naval War College. After honorably serving in the Navy, heJosh worked for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) while going to college. Later he joined Kaiser-Francis Oil Company providing network and IT systems administration. Currently, Josh is political science major at Oklahoma State University at Tulsa. Josh is fluent in Spanish, and looks forward to a career in policy development, with a possible focus on South American or East Asian studies. BIO   Essay  Press Release



Mr. Jack McCoy Scholarship ($500)

Information Page about this Korean War Navy Veteran and essay focus. Write an essay with the topic of diplomacy, to include outside of normal diplomatic channels.  This can be focused on personal diplomacy successes that can show the impact of one person/group to change the opinion of others around the world. This could also be focused on changes in diplomatic approaches to solve world problems.  -- Scholarship Application


2012 WINNER: Greg Williamson

Gregory Williamson is an Alabama Gulf Coast native who has been accepted to the University of New Orleans College of Engineering for the Fall of 2012. Mr. Williamson attended Auburn University from 1995 to 2002 and majored in Graphic Design. While at Auburn, Mr. Williamson owned and published a private newspaper and also enlisted into the Air Force National Guard, serving asGreg

 an A1C in the 232nd Combat Communications Squadron in Montgomery, Alabama. Following a class research project and presentation about the oil spill and its effects on the environment and oil industry, Mr. Williamson became a volunteer deckhand in the
Gulf Oil Spill clean-up efforts, as an official member of the Gulf Oil Spill Task Force, later being hired on part-time by the Captain of the vessel, for his abilities as a Project Manager. Bio



2010 WINNER: Jordan Harms a California native who is a sophomore at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, majoring in International Studies with an emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe, and a minor in Russian. My interest in world affairs and foreign language stem from my own ‘international’ background and growing up in a bilingual household. My father is from the island nation of Aruba and my mother from neighboring Curacao, both protectorates of Holland, but located at the southern-most tip of the Caribbean Basin, 16 miles from Venezuela. Growing up, I heard Dutch, English, and Spanish spoken in my home.

2009 WINNER: Juan Ricafort is a sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs.  With a focus on Security Studies, his academic interests include issues of nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, homeland security, and counterterrorism.  He is a Southern California native who will be studying abroad in Tokyo, Japan during spring 2010. His essay is available.



The Ben Franklin Scholarship at Lint Center ($500)

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American inventor, journalist, printer, diplomat, and statesman.

The Lint Center is pleased to inform you of a recent donation which will sponsor two new scholarships ($500 in July 2009 and January 2010). This generous (new) supporter has requested that the Lint Center determine what these two scholarships should be named and has asked that they honor a legacy of an inspiring individual.  The first scholarship will be named after Ben Franklin who was an American inventor, journalist, printer, diplomat, and statesman.

As per the donors request, the primary focus of these scholarships will be on America’s use of “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 here is on alternative uses, strategies, and tactics to ensure America’s security, at home and aboard.

Ben Franklin was a dedicated leader who may not have been a warrior but showed how soft power can help a small nation survive.  Info Page


2010 WINNER:   Kerrie Kurtz

Her great Soft Power Essay plus personal essay.

Kerri K



2009 WINNER: Tamara Simunovic - Soft Power  Essay + Bio  and Photo studying at home


Honorable Mention:  Elias Boujaoud - Overcoming Enemies  Essay + Bio


Congratulations for all who competed. The competition was excellent.

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July 2008 competition produced some excellent essays

Below are links to some of the great essay competitors who submitted some honorable mention essays. The final selections have been made. These were worthy to be posted and are authorized to be posted by these great scholars.

SGT Flory

SGT Jennifer Flory, winner of Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship, had an interesting idea on use of Scrap Metal for a safer Middle East which she describes in her essay. As she states it can put the power back into the hands of the people. SGT Flory has served a tour an interesting assignment in Iraq and earned a Bronze Star. SGT Flory's biography. ---- Press Release



LT Linhart

Joe Linhart, winner of Virginia and Frank Misselhorn Memorial Scholarship, takes a look at Effects Based Operations in his essay.  Spoken like a true artilleryman, Linhart contends that between war and diplomacy, there is no such thing as a lethal or non-lethal target; all are simply targets.  However it is the method of engagement that can either be lethal or non-lethal in nature.  Press Release

Written as a companion piece to an article published in 02138 magazine called "My Iraq"  (http://www.02138mag.com/magazine/article/1676.html), Joe Linhart's article "Our Army, Our America" takes a provocative look at Iraq, America and what it's like to serve in uniform. 

The former Harvard educated, Army LT also has authorized his personal essay to be published which shows how his experiences have formed his opinions on how to conduct military or diplomatic operations.


Runner Up Tianchi Wu has an essay looking at a strategic view of the Middle East and US interaction.

Runner Up Barbara Howard has an essay discussing Computer Network Security.


See the winner from the Jan 08 competition webpage with essays by winner Tim Coleman and runners up.

Mrs. Aehee Kim Alliance Building Award Winner

We had many good applications essays and thoughtful submissions by outstanding scholars.

The winner is Timothy W. Coleman. (Press Release)

We have posted three of the essays. The competition was challenging. The winner had a great essay in addition to outstanding history and potential. He has worked in Washington DC, experienced the political process, and excelled in his jobs. His personal essay displayed excellent future potential for his employment in the National Service arena. There were a good number of Iraq veterans and some currently deployed. This round of competition showed the need for more scholarships to be awarded in the future because there are some great people with great potential to improve National Security.


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Tim Coleman accepted into Singularity University (SU)

Jul 29, 2009, 8:01 a.m. EST

Singularity University Names Graduate Summer Program Students See Press Release

Tim Coleman GSP-09 Student, Singularity University webpage

The winner:  Timothy W. Coleman worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Adam Putnam of Florida and he served as Deputy Political Director for Secretary Mel Martinez on his 2004 U.S. Senate Campaign. Coleman graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A in History (‘03); he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society, the Financial Management Association’s National Honor Society, recipient of the Sigma Tau Delta Writing Award (‘08), and he received an M.B.A with a specialization in Finance from Barry University, Andreas School of Business (‘08).Next Coleman will pursue a Masters in Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Tim is also the winner of a free subscription to Stratfor. Our newest corporate sponsor, Stratfor provides education services to our scholarship winners

.Winner Tim

Tim Coleman standing in front of Air Force One.

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