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Space Foundation Announces New Scholarship Recognizing Former Board Chairman, Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr.

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 4, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation held its annual meeting last week, where Admiral James O. Ellis Jr., USN (Ret.), led his final meeting as Chairman of the Board. In lieu of a traditional departure gift, the Space Foundation established a special scholarship recognizing Admiral Ellis for his commitment and support of the Space Foundation’s New Generation Space Leaders Program.

This scholarship, to be presented annually, will provide a young professional member of the United States Armed Forces full participation in all Space Symposium events, including the New Generation program and a seat at the Space Classified sessions.

The principal intention of this scholarship is to foster the participation of New Generation professionals in the Space Classified programs at the Space Symposium, to recognize an exceptional young professional and to provide a unique opportunity for growth and development.  

The scholarship, named the Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship, is now accepting nominations.

Nomination criteria:

  • U.S. Armed Forces member
  • Nomination from commander
  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • New Gen age, 35 years or younger

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Nominations should be submitted by a service member’s immediate supervisor, including a one-page nomination letter, and sent to: [email protected].

A selection committee will process the applications and the recipient announced by mid-February 2018.

The scholarship winner will receive:

  • Full registration for the 34th Space Symposium, to be held April 16-19, 2018, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., to include New Gen program registration
  • A seat at the Space Classified session, to be held Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Seating at the Space Foundation Board of Directors table at dining functions during the Symposium

About Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)
A former Commander of United States Strategic Command, Ellis is currently an Annenberg Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). Ellis was elected to the Space Foundation Board of Directors in January 2010, and served as Chairman from January 2016 through November 2017.

About New Generation Space Leaders
Founded in 2008, the Space Foundation’s New Generation Space Leaders program (New Gen) targets aerospace professionals age 35 and younger. The program fosters meaningful, long-term peer relationships by providing access to top space leaders through program opportunities at the Space Symposium and throughout the year. The goal is to fuel the future for young professionals and be the driving force to help launch their careers. Learn more about the program by visiting

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston, Los Angeles and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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