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Kris "Tanto" Paronto

Benghazi Guest Speaker Raises $11,000 For CSI Scholarship

Kris "Tanto" Paronto, ​perhaps best known for his story told in the book and movie "13 Hours," spoke on April 13 in front of a packed house of more than 850 people from both the campus and the Prescott community. Paronto was a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who was part of the CIA annex security team ​that responded to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. He told his compelling story of helping to save more than 20 lives at the CIA Annex while figh​ting off terrorists for more than 13 hours.​

Coinciding with Paronto's visit was the announcement of a large scholarship in the name of ​​Glen Doherty, for whom the College of Security and Intelligence is named. Doherty, Paronto's friend and a former Embry-Riddle student, was killed during that same terrorist attack.

More than $11,000 was raised for the scholarship that evening, including a generous donation of $7,500 from Falcon Global Strategies. The Glen A. Doherty Scholarship with be $2,500 per year to one student in the CSI. The goal is $25,000, at which time the scholarship will become endowed and will live forever.

"Naming it after Glen is an honor and helps us to extend our admiration for our students who serve," said AJ Smith, Assistant Director of Development. "Adding to the naming of the building in 2013, reaching the point of endowment will forever honor Glen and the heroism of all of our students who pay the ultimate sacrifice."​

Go to the Glen A Doherty Scholarship page to make a donation.

Check out photos from Paronto's visit.

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