A disheartening fact some intellectually endowed students often encounter is what seemingly a dead end in their career pursuit. Financial constraint almost always is the major reason for stagnation in one’s chosen field of interest. To further advance in their scholastic studies, many students find it hard to look for sponsors that would help them shoulder their finances.
Certain degree programs have been too highly classified that the idea of financial assistance is near far-fetched. One field of study only our servicemen are quite familiar with, is that of counterintelligence. Information held by this specialized field required utmost secrecy for the safety of an entire nation.
Having to pursue this specialized degree program, it is both a financial and manpower challenge. Students pursuing scholastic endeavours particularly on counterintelligence, alliance building, cultural building, and national studies are now offered with $1000 s under the Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship.
The namesake whom the scholarship was named after was a casualty of the US war in Iraq. As a United States Army Counterintelligence special agent, Sgt. Eaton, Jr. was also awarded a Bronze star for his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. recognized the efforts and contributions of Sgt. Eaton, Jr. in the counterintelligence agency, thus the said scholarship was a commemoration of his exemplary service.
The $1000 is given annually and is non renewable. Two lucky recipients get to receive this award. Aside from the financial help, they get to be personally mentored by a counterintelligence agent or someone from the national security profession sponsored by the The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc. (http://www.unigo.com/scholarships/all/army-staff-sgt-richard-s-eaton-jr-scholarship/1001548 )
Application deadline is every end of January and July. Applications are accessible through the Lint Center website. In addition, a 600- 800 word essay is required tackling on one of the goals or concepts of the Lint Center, especially the ones that is related to counterintelligence, national security, and national defense. A consent must accompany the essay stating whether or not the applicant would like to have his essay published in the center’s website. A personal essay is required as well so as to elaborately explain why he/she should be the rightful recipient of the scholarship. A GPA of at least 2.0 must accompany the application.
Two awards are offered annually. To be eligible, the applicant has to be a US citizen or a permanent resident. He must be currently enrolled as either an undergraduate or a graduate student at the time the application was submitted. The chances of being one of the two lucky recipient is increased when the field of study is about alliance building, counterintelligence, cultural understanding, and/or national security.