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

December 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, January 15, 2018. Nominations should be submitted by a service member’s immediate supervisor, including a one-page nomination letter, and sent to:

    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, Colorado, 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