SGAC and the Washington Space Business Roundtable Partner to Announce Two Fusion Forum Scholarships

10 February, 2012

This year, the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) will support two scholarships for up and coming leaders from the Washington, DC area to attend the inaugural Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, USA.  This partnership between the two organisations to offer the scholarships was formalised through a memorandum of understanding that aims to establish several years of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two space organisations. In addition to these two scholarship opportunities, in 2012 WSBR will also offer full scholarship to attend the 11th Annual Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy in September 2012.  This opportunity will be announced in the next couple of months.

“SGAC is looking forward to working with the Washington Space Business Roundtable,” explained SGAC Chair, Michael Brett. “Our organisations have a common mission to fill a unique need for a forum in the space sector for people to discuss the day’s most pressing space issues and to build their networks.  We are thrilled to collaborate on this mission by welcoming Washington, DC's brightest rising stars to the Space Generation Fusion Forum and National Space Symposium, and we thank WSBR for their support of the next generation of space sector leaders."


Details on Scholarships to Attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and National Space Symposium

The two WSBR scholarships are open to SGAC members* 18-35 years of age that are studying or working in the Washington, DC area. Covered in the scholarships are travel, hoteling, and registration for the Space Generation Fusion Forum and the National Space Symposium.  To apply for the scholarship, please send a CV with date of birth, a headshot photo, and an application essay to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 4, 2012.  Those applying for the scholarship must also apply for the Space Generation Fusion Forum by the March 4 deadline.

Details on required essay:

  • Essay must be 1000 words or fewer
  • Describe the candidate’s studies or professional work in the space sector and achievements
  • Describe any extracurricular or volunteer activities the candidate participates in to support the space sector
  • Describe the candidate’s future goals and aspirations for his/her career
  • Describe why the candidate will make a strong contributor to the Space Generation Fusion Forum

Post scholarship requirements:

  • The winners will be asked to write a short article to be circulated to WSBR’s and SGAC’s membership
  • The winners may be asked to contribute to the final report of the Space Generation Fusion Forum

*Becoming an SGAC member is easy and free.  Just sign up on our website here.


About the Space Generation Fusion Forum

The Space Generation Advisory Council presents the inaugural Space Generation Fusion Forum – a US space event highlighting international thinking geared towards university students and young professionals. This event, held April 15 & 16 in Colorado Springs, USA in conjunction with the National Space Symposium, aims to gather a competitively chosen group of up to 50 top young adults from various areas of space – government, industry, and academia. Intense, interactive panel discussions among selected young adults will be moderated by today's international space sector leaders and will gather the perspectives of tomorrow's space leaders on key space issues. Output will be reported at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA’s) Space 2012 conference.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet many high-level international space leaders through networking events and experience the opening of the 28th Annual National Space Symposium.  The event is being hosted by the Space Foundation and is held with participation by AIAA, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Applications to attend the event close March 4, 2012.


About the Washington Space Business Roundtable

The Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) is a leadership forum for the promotion of commercial space business and education in the National Capital area. As a non-profit, membership-based group, WSBR supports the open exchange of ideas and information among a broad range of executives, government policy makers, lawyers, insurers, analysts, academics and thought leaders involved in the business of space in the metropolitan Washington region. WSBR’s primary activity is a monthly luncheon program featuring high-level industry, government or military leaders speaking on topical issues of the day. The lunches, held in downtown Washington, D.C., attract dozens of WSBR members and other interested parties and provide an interactive dialogue between speaker and audience and high-value networking opportunities for all in attendance. Additionally, WSBR hosts a Flagship Lunch and Silent Auction on the opening day of the annual Satellite Conference in Washington, D.C., usually held in February or March. Proceeds from the Flagship Lunch, as well as the regular monthly WSBR events, go toward WSBR Education Awards that promote education about and interest in space and satellite fields among young people in the Washington area.


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