Linux Foundation Opens Submissions for 2014 Linux Training Scholarship Program

 Scholarships to be awarded in five categories offering developers and system administrators the chance to gain additional Linux expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., August 5, 2014 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced its 2014 Linux Training Scholarship Program is open for submissions. Nearly 700 applications were received last year with the average age of the submitter being 25 years-old.

The Linux Training Scholarship Program provides funds to developers, IT professionals and students who show interest and promise in building Linux careers and shaping the future of the operating system and the enterprise, but who otherwise do not have the ability to attend Linux Foundation training courses. The Linux Foundation’s Training Program includes a comprehensive set of Linux courses that are distribution-flexible, direct from the source, technically advanced and customizable.

The Scholarship Program in 2014 will award five scholarships to individuals who demonstrate the greatest need and who have already display some knowledge of Linux and open source software. The Linux Foundation is offering one scholarship in each of the following five categories. Each application will be reviewed by a panel at The Linux Foundation. Recipients will be notified early- to mid-October and will be publicly announced shortly thereafter at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe.

Categories include: 

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

For more details on the criteria for each category, please visit the Linux Training Scholarship website.

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 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
  • OpenStack Cloud Architecture and Deployment
  • Linux KVM Virtualization

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PT on September 2, 2014 and can be submitted at http://training.linuxfoundation.org/free-linux-training/linux-training-scholarship-program

The 2014 Linux Jobs Report shows demand for Linux pros exceeding other areas of technology for the third year in a row. Seventy seven percent of hiring managers have “hiring Linux talent” on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago. With these strategic priorities set, more than nine in ten hiring managers plan to hire a Linux professional in the next six months. This makes improving Linux skills more important than ever.

“The Linux Foundation's mission is to advance Linux, and one of the ways we can do that is by preparing the next-generation of Linux developers and SysAdmins,” said Amanda McPherson, chief marketing officer. “Being able to demonstrate your skills to potential employers is critical in today's IT job market, and a Linux Foundation Training Scholarship is the perfect first step in doing so.”

The demand for Linux training has never been greater, as evidenced by the more than 200,000 people currently enrolled in the first free Intro to Linux massive open online course (MOOC) from The Linux Foundation in partnership with edX. Those interested may register for the course anytime here

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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