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June 18th, 2015

Linux Foundation Scholarships: No Excuse Now

You’ve read the articles: “Linux sysadmins in demand,” yadda yadda yadda. You’ve been using Linux for some time and have been thinking, “Gee, I wish I could make a living with Linux.”

You can get the training; but it costs so much, you might say. Well, now you can get a scholarship, so there’s no excuse not to go for it.

Linux Foundation LogoThe Linux Foundation, ever in the forefront of shaping the future of Linux, has announced the 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program, which aims to provide educational funds “to up-and-coming developers and sysadmins who show incredible promise…but do not otherwise have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses,” according to a page on the Foundation’s website.

Fourteen of you — who can demonstrate the greatest need and best illustrate what a Linux career means to you — will be awarded training scholarships.

“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 site says.

So what do you think? Do you have what it takes?

The Linux Foundation Training Scholarships will cover the expenses for one class to be chosen by each recipient from the Scholarship Track choices. 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.

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.

The deadline to submit applications is July 10. Good luck and make us proud!

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Larry Cafiero, a.k.a. Larry the Free Software Guy, is a journalist and a Free/Open Source Software advocate. He is involved in several FOSS projects and serves as the publicity chair for the Southern California Linux Expo. Follow him on Twitter: @lcafiero

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5 comments to Linux Foundation Scholarships: No Excuse Now

  • Shaun

    Really no excuse huh, ok well then where would I fit into this? I have been using linux since RedHat 7.0 I am no newbie by any means. So I don’t qualify as a newbie and I don’t currently have a linux job or use linux in my job so I don’t qualify there either. I am not a kid or a whiz kid or a woman. I am not a developer or a kernel guru either, so where do I fit? How can I apply when they are clearly not opening this up to everyone. I suppose I could classify myself as a newbie but then it will cost me at least 399.00 to take the class they want. Well I don’t have that kind of money so wtf am I supposed to do?

  • Mike

    @Shaun

    You could always take the Bruce Jenner approach…

    Just kidding, you do make a good point.

  • Sherry

    I Need Help with MYSQL! This will be a significant portion of my position in the Very near future (like now). How can I gain more information and be granted a chance at this scholarship?

  • Sherry

    Nevermind, I found it 🙂 Thank you!

  • Kevin

    Ditto what Shaun said. It would be really nice if they added one more catagory. I’ve been using Linux since Red Hat 3.1, have done a little scripting, rebuilt a few kernals back in the day but by no means am I a guru. I have plenty to learn and have thought of switching to a Linux career many times, but where would I even start. Oh well, maybe I’ll play newbie and see what happens, but is that fair to the true noob? Probably not.