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Nominations Open for the New Generation National Security Scholarship Recognizing Former Space Foundation Board Chairman, ADM James O. Ellis, Jr.

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 28, 2018) — Upon completion of his term in 2017, the Space Foundation established a special scholarship recognizing former Board Chairman ADM James O. Ellis, Jr.’s, commitment and support of New Generation leaders and Space Foundation programs. The scholarship, named the Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship, is now accepting nominations.

This scholarship, presented annually, provides a uniformed, young professional member of the United States Armed Forces full participation in events at the Space Foundation’s 35th Space Symposium, including its New Generation program and a seat at the Space Classified session.
The scholarship is intended to foster the participation of New Generation professionals in the Space Classified program at the Space Symposium; recognize an exceptional young professional and provide that individual a unique opportunity for further professional growth and development.  

The first recipient of the scholarship was Lt. Col. Anna Gunn-Golkin, USAF, who said, “Receiving the Ellis Scholarship was a true honor. I had the opportunity to attend Space Classified at the 34th Space Symposium, expand my professional network and discuss national space policy ideas with ADM Ellis and other current and future global aerospace leaders in the New Gen sessions. This unparalleled opportunity opened new doors and helped me grow as a leader in the national security space.”

Nominations for the ADM Ellis Scholarship are now open and will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Criteria for the 2019 scholarship are:

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

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 early February 2019.

The scholarship winner will receive:

  • Full registration for the 35th Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11, 2019, 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 10, 2019
  • Seating at the Space Foundation Board of Directors table at dining functions during the Space Symposium

About ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)
A former Commander of United States Strategic Command, Ellis is currently Chairman of the Users’ Advisory Group to the National Space Council and is 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 a 501(c)(3) and 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 and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM 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 FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.

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