Linux Foundation’s Linux Training Scholarship Program Opens for Applications

Scholarships to be awarded in five new categories and to include one-on-one mentoring sessions with Linux Foundation instructors

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2013 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced its 2013 Linux Training Scholarship Program is open for applications.

Since its debut in 2011, the program has provided funds to developers and IT professionals who show incredible promise for building Linux careers and shaping the future of the operating system but who otherwise do not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses.

The Linux Foundation’s Linux Training Scholarship Program in 2013 will award five scholarships to individuals who demonstrate the greatest need and who have already display some knowledge of Linux and open source software. In addition, winners this year will receive a virtual, one-on-one mentoring session with one of The Linux Foundation’s Linux training instructors.

The Linux Foundation is offering one scholarship in each of the following five categories. Each application will be reviewed by a panel of Linux Foundation staffers. Recipients will be notified early- to mid-August and will be publicly announced shortly thereafter.  For more details on the criteria for each category, please visit the Linux Training Scholarship website. 

  • Whiz Kids
  • Women in Linux
  • SysAdmin Super Stars
  • Developer Do-Gooders
  • Linux Kernel Gurus

Each Linux Training Scholarship will cover the registration fees for one course. Travel, Internet connection fees and other expenses are not included. The classes eligible for Linux Training Scholarships this year include:

  • Embedded Linux Development
  • Embedded Linux Development: A Crash Course
  • Embedded Linux Development with Yocto Project/OpenEmbedded
  • Developing Device Drivers
  • Linux Kernel Internals and Debugging
  • Developing Applications for Linux
  • Linux System Administration
  • Linux Network Management
  • Linux Performance Tuning

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 23, 2013 and can be submitted here. 

The 2013 Linux Jobs Report shows demand for Linux pros exceeding other areas of technology for the second year in a row. Ninety-three percent of employers said they will hire Linux pros in the next six months, while 90 percent said finding Linux talent is difficult. When they do find it, they pay higher salaries and offer better perks to the Linux pros.

“We aim to help meet today’s unprecedented demand for Linux professionals by providing Linux training opportunities direct from the source,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services. “With more than 500 Linux training scholarship applications received last year and the Linux Jobs Report showing demand for Linux talent at an all-time high, we hope our Linux Training Scholarship Program can surface some of the talent that is showing incredible promise for influencing the future of Linux but until now were diamonds in the rough.”

Additional Resources

About Linux Training at The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation Training Program includes a comprehensive set of Linux courses that are distribution-flexible, direct from the source, technically advanced and customizable. Built in concert with its Technical Advisory Board of Linux experts and the leading maintainers from the Linux community, The Linux Foundation's training curriculum is constantly updated and synced with advances in Linux and includes new features as they are released. The Program combines broad, foundational knowledge with the networking opportunities that attendees need to thrive in their careers today. The organization has helped hundreds of companies move to Linux or gain advanced knowledge of the technology to give their development or operations teams a competitive advantage. For more information, please visit http://training.linuxfoundation.org

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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