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Mission Statement

"Empower, Enhance, Enable" The mission of the Lint Center for National Security Studies is to foster and further the educational development and opportunities for the next generation of America's Counterintelligence and National Security Workers. The Center focuses on empowering individuals, enhancing the study of national security issues, and enabling emerging leaders to be mentored by established current-and-former industry experts.


The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding.

Since 2007, Lint Center has granted 49 awards ranging from $500 to $2000. Scholarship submissions are every January and July.

The Center aims to:

  1. Identify promising individuals and assist in educational pursuits through scholarship initiatives
  2. Provide talented individuals with a meaningful leadership development mentoring program by current-and-former Counterintelligence and National Security Workers
  3. Create a forum for the dissemination and discussion of National Security Studies through the Center's online Web-portal

All donations and contributions to the Lint Center are allocated solely to the Center's scholarship funds. All actions and activities by the Lint Center are conducted by unpaid staff and volunteers. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed.

**All Volunteers will be screened due to working with other current National Security professionals.


Average Review 6 reviews

Would you recommend Lint Center for National Security Studies?

by Corbin S. from El Paso, TX (March 18, 2019)
Worked with these folks before around 2015. Was onboarded as a volunteer contributor; but was heavily restricted in what I could contribute. There wasn't any guidance, recommendations, nor training; so it felt like a waste of time. After a bit of back-and-forth with their staff, I found it best to leave since they didn't really know what to do with their volunteers. Attempted to rejoin their org sometime in 2018 to see if anything improved, or at the very least to help out; they asked me to fill out an extensive application form (it's a volunteer position) then rejected me shortly after. The rejection appeared vindictive. Wouldn't recommend to anyone else. The application itself should be enough to deter you anyway. Feel free to contact me via LinkedIn for more info, and I can forward you to a larger, more professional organization that needs volunteers in the National Security/Intelligence industry.
by Veronica S. (July 18, 2016)
Ryan Sofranko, the Operations Manager, did respond to me and told me that an application was sent to me and he provided proof. However, I never received the application. So, out of fairness, I am changing my review.
by Ryan S. (Administrator for this Organization) (January 28, 2016)
I joined the Lint Center in 2014 with the hopes of building my resume and to give back to a worthy cause. As an active duty service member, the Lint Center was a very attractive opportunity because of the mission and the virtual environment. I can honestly say that my experience at the Lint Center has far exceeded my expectations. It's been a privilege to be a part of this all-volunteer staff. I'd highly recommend joining the team.
by Tim C. (Administrator for this Organization) (September 6, 2012)
My Name is Tim & I was one of the first scholarship recipients at the Lint Center. Following my scholarship award in 2008 & in hopes of giving back, I became a volunteer. I have been volunteering ever since. My experience has been tremendous & I would invite any & all-prospective volunteers to reach out to us. As an all-volunteer force, with NO paid staff, we do what we do because we enjoy it & are pleased to make an impact. @Benjamin–We appreciate your feedback – thank you. We are updating our volunteer positions on our Website to ensure consistency. We do request resumes. The reason is very simple: we want to understand your talents, skills & abilities so we can match your strengths with projects that you can excel at. The last thing we want to do is ask a volunteer to help on something they really don't enjoy. We work hard to ensure a strong fit between our needs & the interests of our volunteers align. Our volunteers are our very lifeblood – as we are all volunteers!
by Andrew M. from MI (March 18, 2011)
Never heard a response from them, which is too bad because I have great skill they could use.