Lint Center Announces the Winner of the 2012 U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff SGT. Richard Eaton JR Memorial Scholarship

Top Quote Lint Center for National Security Studies Awards Scholarship to Intelligence and National Security Studies Graduate Student and University of Texas at El Paso "Students in Intelligence and National Security Group" Co-founder, Miguel Ibarra. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 26, 2012 - The Lint Center, a non-profit charity, focused on supporting the educational pursuits of the next generation of America's Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, today formally announced Miguel Ibarra was awarded the Special Agent/SSG Richard S. Eaton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship award aims to support undergraduate and post-graduate educational pursuits of scholars interested in National Security.

    Lint Center scholarship winners are chosen on various grounds but are all well-rounded individuals whom the scholarship namesake would be or would have been proud to be represented by. They must have soaring letters of recommendation, a good transcript, a pointed essay on Counterintelligence or National Security, and a personal essay that introduces the applicant-winner to the Scholarship Board. Most of all, the scholarship winners must possess a presence of being that undoubtedly epitomizes one of a future National Security professional: a potential for leadership, integrity of character, and clear determination.

    "I am greatly honored the Lint Center found me to be a deserving recipient of this prestigious award," said Miguel Ibarra, a University of Texas at El Paso graduate student. "The scholarship will further enable me to continue my studies in the field of Intelligence studies. It will also help me to build a strong relationship with an experienced mentor. I look forward to one day following in the footsteps of heroes, like U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., who performed an exceptional service to our nation."

    Sharon Noble Eaton, Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton Jr.'s mother, stated, "Rick was a well-loved soldier and son. His brothers and sisters in arms still describe him as a consummate counterintelligence professional. My hope has always been that his mission of service lives on in this Lint Center scholarship. I find Mr. Ibarra to be a candidate that Rick would have been proud to know. His scholastic achievements - a double major in Aerospace Engineering and Government, and current graduate study, an MS in Intelligence and National Security Studies - and dedication indicate that he will make impressive contributions to the future security of our country."

    "The Lint Center is delighted to award the 2012 Richard S. Eaton Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Mr. Ibarra," said Mr. James Lint, Chairman and CEO of the Lint Center. "The Center and the Scholarship Review Committee found Mr. Ibarra's application and dedication to the betterment of Intelligence studies to be directly related to the mission and spirit of the Lint Center. Mr. Ibarra's passion and willingness to personally invest in both himself and in this nation is apparent and laudable. The Lint Center looks forward to working with Mr. Ibarra and helping him to advance his knowledge and career in the area of Intelligence."

    Due to the generosity and continued support of the world's leading private intelligence company, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., Mr. Ibarra will also receive a one-year subscription to Stratfor's Subscription Service which includes industry leading intelligence reports providing situational awareness, geopolitical analysis, and analytically rigorous forecasting.

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    About the Richard S. Eaton Jr. 2012 Memorial Scholarship:
    The Richard S. Eaton Jr. Scholarship was established 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.

    Mr. Lint, describes Special Agent Eaton as, "a Counterintelligence Agent whose exemplary achievements during his career act as a testament to the character, conviction, and courage of those who continue to serve this nation. He lived all the life he had. The Lint Center is committed to ensuring Rick's deeds, personal example, and noble heroism are both honored and memorialized."

    The following is a link for a more detailed description of the Counterintelligence Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Memorial Jr. scholarship:

    About 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 Austin (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.

    In addition to the Lint Center scholarship award, Mr. Ibarra was recently awarded the National Military Intelligence Foundation Scholarship from the National Military Intelligence Association. He has also earned the distinction of being named an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Scholar.

    Ibarra works as a Research Assistant at the International Association for Intelligence Education and has been selected for an internship at the Department of Homeland Security.

    To read his full biography and winning essay, please visit:

    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 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 and to view details regarding semi-annual scholarship opportunities, please visit

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