Scholarships for Career Development

The Linux Foundation provides scholarships and free training to women and underrepresented communities to support career development. More than 100,000 women have taken our free edX courses, and we provided 27 training scholarships in 2017 – mostly to women and underrepresented communities.

The Linux Foundation training (LiFT) program provides advanced open source training to existing and aspiring IT professionals from around the world who might not have the means for specialized training. Since 2011, the Linux Foundation has awarded 75 training scholarships worth $168,000. This year, we will award award 31 scholarships, our most ever. Scholarship recipients receive a Linux Foundation training course and certification exam at no cost.

We also provide hundreds of diversity scholarships to women and others from underrepresented communities worldwide to attend our events every year for free. More than 250 diversity scholarships were provided in 2017, and we have already given out 300+ in 2018. We spend over $150k+ a year for Linux Foundation events alone, with Linux Foundation projects providing additional funding for their events.

One of the Linux Foundation’s fastest-growing projects, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, offered an additional $250,000 in funding to bring 103 attendees from diverse backgrounds to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon events in 2017.

Mentoring programs are available at our flagship Open Source Summit events in North America & Europe, which have an emphasis on providing underrepresented individuals with technical and career mentorship and skills.

In addition, the Linux Foundation provides 100+ need-based scholarships each year to help people of varying economic means attend our events. We partner with organizations such as #YesWeCode, All Star Code, Blacks In Technology, Chasing Grace Project, ChickTech, CodeChix, Girls in Tech, Kids on Computers, Powering Potential, Women in Big Data, and Women Who Code to provide scholarships targeting underrepresented and hard to reach communities.

We also support the work of Outreachy interns by both being a sponsor of the program as well as providing them speaking opportunities at our events. Outreachy provides internships for people from groups traditionally underrepresented in tech, including women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. In 2017, we had five Outreachy interns as speakers.

Featured Organizations the Linux Foundation Supports

#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help 100,000 young women and men from low-opportunity backgrounds find success in the tech sector.

AllStar Code is a nonprofit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. We are dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.

ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

Blacks In Technology is a global platform for black women and men in technology. We are “Stomping the Divide” by establishing standards for world class technical excellence. BIT serves members through community, media and mentorship. We provide resources, guidance and challenge members to establish new standards of innovation.

The Chasing Grace Project is a documentary series about women in tech. It includes six episodes, each focused on a different topic within the women in tech narrative. From the pay gap, online harassment and female entrepreneurship to access to the best jobs, the decision to leave or stay in tech and the role of male allies, the series will illustrate how we pave the way forward.

CodeChix is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Education, Advocacy and Mentoring, of women engineers in industry and academia.  We aim to increase the number of women engineers in industry through our technical and mentoring/networking programs.

The Linux Foundation and Goodwill Industries have developed a program called “Extended Learning Linux Foundation Scholarship Program,” which will increase access to Linux and open source training certification to underserved communities.

Kids on Computers is a nonprofit organization comprised of a group of volunteers setting up computer labs in areas where kids don’t have access to technology. Kids on Computers brings computers and free and open source software to disadvantaged kids.

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. They provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year, and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations. Many of The Linux Foundation’s projects also have sponsored interns through this outreach program.

Collaborating with government officials and heads of schools, Powering Potential designs and implements two Educating-Through-Technology programs: a Computer Lab program and a Pi-oneer program.

Women in Big Data initiative is a grassroots community to inspire, connect, grow and champion success of women in big data by making awareness and providing training, networking and mentorship to advance women’s career in big data field.

Women Who Code (WWCode) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.