Five winners chosen from nearly 200 submissions, representing a new generation of Linux developers
SAN FRANCISCO, August 9, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced the recipients of its 2011 Linux Training Scholarship Program.
This is the first year of the program, which awards five scholarships to computer science students and Linux developers 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 2011 Linux Foundation Linux Training Scholarship winners are:
Karim Allah Ahmed - Egypt
A recent graduate of Mansoura University in Egypt, Ahmed has been using Linux as a development platform for three years and is currently writing a hypervisor for ARM.
“I believe that by taking Linux Foundation training classes, I can greatly increase my opportunities for securing a job as a Linux kernel software engineer,” said Karim Allah Ahmed.
Frank Maker – United States
A former embedded software intern at Broadcom and Google, Maker is a fourth-year PhD student at UC Davis in electrical and computer engineering/embedded software.
“I want to contribute to the community,” said Frank Maker. “Linux is going mobile in a big way, and I want to collaborate on making Linux the best OS in the mobile market. The embedded development training courses offered by The Linux Foundation will help me get there.”
Kenneth O’Brien - Ireland
After having his first Linux kernel patch accepted earlier this summer, O’Brien is hoping to learn more about Linux kernel internals and debugging. He will begin a PhD program at CASL, a research lab at University College Dublin, this fall in Simulation Science that focuses on high performance computing on *nix and energy optimization.
“The Linux Foundation’s Linux kernel internals courses will help further my work on energy optimization while allowing me to contribute towards Linux’s ongoing rise in popularity,” said Kenneth O’Brien.
Arpit Toshniwal – India
After spending his summers during college working on the Linux kernel (debugging, compiling), Toshniwal is about to finish his computer science and engineering degree at Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan.
“The knowledge I will gain from The Linux Foundation training courses will boost my interest on working on the kernel and help me improve my efficiency in the Linux kernel development process,” said Arpit Toshniwal.
Clarissa Womack – Australia
Womack is a first-year software engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and is an active member of her local Linux User Group: HUMBUG (Home Unix Machine Brisbane Users Group). Womack’s development experience is in Python and Eclipse and she plans to use her scholarship to develop applications and to advocate for Linux and open source software.
“I want there to be a wider acknowledgement of Linux as a viable, free, open source operating system to rival Windows and Mac OS X,” said Clarissa Womack. “This is particularly special for me to be awarded this scholarship in the 20th year of Linux, as I turned 21 this year at the end of May.”
More information and pictures of each winner are available in this special slideshow: http://www.linux.com/news/galleries/linux-foundation-scholarship-winners-the-future-of-linux .
Each scholarship will cover the expense for one course from The Linux Foundation’s course schedule in Linux Development, a value averaging more than $1,000.
“After reviewing each Linux Training Scholarship submission, we are so impressed with the level of budding Linux talent that exists in every corner of the globe,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president, marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation. “Helping to train and prepare the next generation of Linux developers is a big priority for The Linux Foundation and we’re very happy to be able to invest in today’s most promising Linux talent.”
According to IT recruiting job site Dice.com, demand for Linux-based software development skills continues to outpace other areas of IT recruitment. The Linux Foundation is helping to meet this demand by providing Linux training opportunities that increase job seekers’ portfolio of skills and depth of knowledge related to Linux. The new Linux Training Scholarship Program is expected to increase the reach of these training opportunities to address the growing demand for Linux-related skills while investing in today’s most promising Linux talent.
The Linux Foundation is also offering onsite Linux training courses during the upcoming LinuxCon event:
Linux Performance Tuning
August 15-16, 2011
Embedded Linux Development: A Crash Course
August 15-16, 2011
Advanced Linux Performance Tuning
August 20-21, 2011
Overview of Open Source Compliance End-to-End Process
August 20, 2011
For more information on these courses, please visit: http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/linuxcon/training 
Learn more about The Linux Foundation’s Training Program by watching the following video titled “Train with the Linux Experts: Direct from the Source.”  You can also visit the Linux training website and follow Linux Foundation Training on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/lf_training .
About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation  is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences , including LinuxCon , and generating original Linux research  and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com , reach approximately two million people per month and include important Linux video resources. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter. 
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