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Space Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. New Generation National Security Scholarship

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dec. 12, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that nominations are now being accepted for the Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. New Generation National Security Scholarship.

This scholarship provides a uniformed, young professional member of the United States Armed Forces full complimentary access to events at Space Foundation’s Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11, 2024, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Registration for the New Generation program and participation in the Space Classified session are included. The awardee will also be seated at the Space Foundation board of directors’ table at dining functions during the Symposium. The award is intended 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.

Ellis, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and former Commander of United States Strategic Command, is the former chairperson of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group 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.

Nominations for the scholarship will be accepted until Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Criteria for the 2024 scholarship are:

  • Uniformed U.S. Armed Forces member
  • Nomination from commander
  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • New Gen age (35 years old and younger)

Nominations, including a one-page recommendation letter, should be submitted by a service member’s immediate supervisor and sent to [email protected].

A selection committee will evaluate the applications and announce the recipient by early March 2024.

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