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Linux Foundation offers training scholarships

Aug 5, 2014 — by Eric Brown 880 views

The Linux Foundation has opened submissions for its 2014 Linux Training Scholarship Program to fund classes in topics including embedded Linux and Yocto.

The Linux Training Scholarship Program awards free tuition to Linux Foundation training courses for the most promising Linux developers, IT professionals, and students who lack the ability to attend. Last year, nearly 700 applications were received for the Linux Training Scholarship Program, says the not-for-profit Linux Foundation (LF). The average age of the submitter was said to be 25 years-old.

The application deadline is Sept. 2, and awards will be announced to recipients in early- to mid-October, followed by a public announcement at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe, to be held Oct. 13-15 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event is co-located with Embedded Linux Conference Europe. Speakers at the combined event include Linux creator Linus Torvalds and Jono Bacon of XPRIZE.

Linus Torvalds (left) and Jono Bacon will speak at the LinuxCon Europe event where the LF Scholarship Program winners will be announced

The Scholarship Program will award five scholarships to “individuals who demonstrate the greatest need and who have already displayed some knowledge of Linux and open source software,” says the LF. One scholarship will be awarded in each of five categories: Whiz Kids, Women in Linux, SysAdmin Super Stars, Developer Do-Gooders, and Linux Kernel Gurus. Each scholarship will cover the registration fees for one course. Travel, Internet connection fees, and other expenses are not included.


The LF’s Training Program includes a comprehensive set of Linux courses that are “distribution-flexible, direct from the source, technically advanced and customizable,” according to the LF. Classes eligible for the Linux Training Scholarships 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

For the third year in a row, the 2014 Linux Jobs Report shows demand for Linux pros exceeding other areas of technology, says the LF. A total of 77 percent of hiring managers have “hiring Linux talent” on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago, says the survey. More than nine in ten hiring managers plan to hire a Linux professional in the next six months. More than 200,000 students are currently enrolled in the first free Intro to Linux massive open online course (MOOC) from the LF in partnership with edX.

“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,” stated Amanda McPherson, chief marketing officer at the LF.

Further information

An application form for the the Linux Foundation Training Scholarship may be found here. The deadline is Sept. 2. More information on the LF Training Program may be found here.

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