The Linux Foundation’s Training Scholarship Program aims to provide funds to up-and-coming developers and sysadmins who show incredible promise for helping to shape the future of Linux, but do not otherwise have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. The Linux Foundation this year will award Training Scholarships to fourteen individuals who best demonstrate the greatest need and who can illustrate what a Linux career means to them. We’re looking for individuals in seven different categories who want to contribute to the advancement of the Linux operating system and help influence its future. The Linux Foundation Training Scholarships will cover the expenses for one class to be chosen by each recipient from the Scholarship Track choices, representing thousands of dollars in value (travel expenses for in-person classes are not included). Winners in all categories may also elect to take a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator or Linux Foundation Certified Engineer exam at no cost following the completion of their training course. Scholarships are supported by Linux Foundation members who place a high value on helping to train the developers and IT professionals of the future. The Linux Foundation this year is offering two scholarships in each of the following seven categories:
- Linux Newbies (NEW): ONLY OPEN TO APPLICANTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED LFS101x - INTRO TO LINUX THROUGH EDX: Individuals who are new to Linux but have learned the basics by completing the Intro to Linux online course are invited to apply. Recipients in this category will be awarded a scholarship specifically for the next course in this career-focused series - LFS201 - Essentials of System Administration.
- Teens-in-Training (NEW): Students under the age of 18 who have already started using Linux and want to get a head start on a career in the field.
- Whiz Kids: 2015 high school or college grads already familiar with Linux but who want to prepare for their career with extra training. Applicants must be 18 years or older.
- Women in Linux: We invite women who have demonstrated leadership or want to take initiative in creating opportunity for themselves or other women in Linux to submit applications in this category.
- SysAdmin Super Stars: These applicants should have already begun using Linux in their workplace but want to take their work to the next level with additional training.
- Developer Do-Gooder: We invite developers who are using Linux for good to submit applications, so they might expand that good work while enhancing their Linux skills.
- Linux Kernel Guru: This category will recognize an individual who has already contributed to the Linux kernel community and who has promise of becoming a Linux kernel developer or maintainer.
Applications for the 2015 scholarship program are now closed. Winners will be announced in the coming weeks. Best of luck to all who have applied!