Kevin Barry taught himself programming so that he could develop code that would integrate automation into his music. As he got more deeply involved with the open source community, he became more passionate about coding and created his first patch for LilyPond. Then, in 2015, Kevin was awarded The Linux Foundation LiFT Scholarship for Linux Newbies and that changed his life forever.
The training scholarship provided Kevin with the opportunity to grow his passion and pursue a lucrative career in the tech industry. Currently, he is a Linux sysadmin for a large bank in Ireland and a member of the GNU LilyPond project. He’s studying Python scripting, will be taking the Linux Engineer Certification exam soon and is going to continue training and advancing his career. In the next five years, he hopes to achieve his dream of transitioning from sysadmin to engineer.
The Linux Foundation today is announcing the opening of submissions for the 2016 LiFT Scholarship program to help more individuals like Kevin who want to advance their knowledge in open source but may not have the opportunity for training. The program offers 14 scholarships across seven categories to individuals who demonstrate a passion for Linux or open source software and an interest in advancing their skills.
The Linux Foundation aims to increase diversity in technology and the open source community and support career development opportunities for the next generation, especially those who have traditionally been underrepresented in open source and technology. As part of the scholarship, recipients will have the option to select a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) or Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) exam, allowing them to clearly demonstrate their skills to potential employers. The Linux Foundation Certifications are widely recognized for being performance-based, distribution-flexible and available anytime, anywhere.
To learn more about the categories or to apply for a 2016 LiFT Scholarship, please click here.