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Space Foundation Announces Second Recipient of Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 11, 2019) – In 2017, the Space Foundation announced a new annual scholarship honoring its former board chairman. The Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., New Generation National Security Scholarship was created to provide a young professional member of the United States Armed Forces full participation in the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium and benefit from its mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities.


For 2019, (S)Sgt. Patrick Harper, USAF, is the recipient of this prestigious scholarship. He will receive full registration for the 35th Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11, 2019, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition to the main program, he will participate in the Symposium’s New Generation Space Leaders program, the Symposium’s Space Classified program and will be seated at the Space Foundation Board of Directors table at dining functions during the Symposium.


(S)Sgt. Harper was nominated by his leadership at Fort Gordon, Ga. He is fluent in Arabic and was recently selected for a promotion, taking over the responsibility of 24/7 mission coverage and providing critical information to Combatant Commanders. Harper is pursuing his undergraduate degree in planetary geology, he volunteers with the local Astronomy Club of Augusta and is an active member of the international Space Generation Advisory Council for young professionals. 


About Admiral James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.)

A former Commander of United States Strategic Command, Ellis was elected to the Space Foundation Board of Directors in January 2010 and served as its Chairman from January 2016 through November 2017.


About New Generation Space Leaders

Founded in 2008, the Space Foundation’s New Generation Space Leaders program 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) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a 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 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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