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

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — March 21, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, today announced that 1st Lt. Tanner Bush has been selected as the recipient of the Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. New Generation National Security Scholarship.

This award provides the recipients full participation in events at Space Foundation’s Space Symposium, being held April 17-20 in Colorado Springs, including the New Generation program and a seat at the Space Classified session. The scholarship was established to encourage the participation of New Generation professionals at Space Symposium, acknowledge an exceptional young professional and provide that individual an opportunity to advance their professional growth and development.

Lieutenant Tanner Bush was nominated by 2018 Ellis scholarship recipient Lt. Colonel Anna Gunn-Golkin of U.S. Space Force. He holds a master’s degree in space studies and is working toward a secondary master’s degree in project management. During his time spent as an operator in the 2d Space Operations Squadron, Lieutenant Bush executed 1,837 operational and residual satellite supports, resolving 29 critical anomalies and supporting 16 tactical optimizations for deployed warfighters. He was solely responsible for the first-ever satellite control authority transfer of the newest Block III GPS satellites to the 2d Space Operations Squadron. His exceptional performance early in his enlisted career led to his selection for commission just two years into his service time.

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

Ellis, a retired four-star admiral and former Commander of United States Strategic Command, is the former chairperson of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group and is an Annenberg Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. Ellis was elected to Space Foundation’s board of directors in January 2010 and served as chairperson from January 2016 through November 2017.

About Space Symposium

Space Symposium, hosted by Space Foundation since 1984, is the premier assembly for the global space ecosystem. The live event, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is widely attended by commercial and government leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, and teachers around the globe. To learn more about Space Symposium, visit

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