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Linux Foundation Calls for Submissions for Expanded 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program

By 2015-06-178月 22nd, 2017Press Release

Fourteen scholarships to be awarded across seven categories, offering developers, system administrators and newbies the chance to gain new Linux expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2015 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced its 2015 Linux Training Scholarship Program is open for submissions.

The Linux Foundation this year is expanding its Scholarship Program to enable more individuals to get started in a lucrative IT career or to increase their Linux skill set. Fourteen scholarships will be awarded in seven categories to individuals who demonstrate need and who have already displayed interest in or knowledge of Linux and open source software. This is nine more scholarship opportunities than in years past, and includes two new categories: Linux Newbies and Teens-in-Training.

Also new this year, recipients will receive a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) or Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE) exam as part of their scholarship. Linux Foundation Certifications are widely recognized for being performance-based, distribution-flexible and available anytime, anywhere.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel at The Linux Foundation. Recipients will be notified early- to mid-August and will be publicly announced shortly thereafter. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 10, 2015.

Categories for 2015 include:

  • Linux Newbies (NEW): These individuals are new to Linux but have learned the basics by completing the Intro to Linux online course (LFS101x through edX). Recipients in this category will be awarded a scholarship specifically for the next course in this career-focused series, LFS201, Essentials of System Administration. More than 400,000 people have registered for LFS101x to date.

  • Teens-in-Training (NEW): Students under the age of 18 who have already started using Linux and want to get a head start on a career in the field. This is the first time The Linux Foundation has offered scholarships to pre-college students.

  • Whiz Kids: 2015 high school or college grads already familiar with Linux but who want to prepare for their career with extra training. Applicants must be 18 years or older.

  • Women in Linux: We invite women doing amazing things with Linux to submit applications in this category.

  • SysAdmin Super Stars: These applicants should have already begun using Linux in their workplace but want to take their work to the next level with additional training.

  • Developer Do-Gooder: We invite developers who are using Linux for good to submit applications, so they might expand that good work while enhancing their Linux skills.

  • Linux Kernel Guru: This category will recognize an individual who has already contributed to the Linux kernel community and who has promise of becoming a Linux kernel developer or maintainer.

“Our work aimed and training and certifying Linux professionals is among the most important work we do. These individuals will manage and advance the Linux systems of tomorrow,” said Amanda McPherson, chief marketing officer at The Linux Foundation. “This annual scholarship program is a key piece of that work and allows us to reach people we might not otherwise, increasing access to our learning materials and, this year, the Linux Foundation Certifications.”

Each Linux Training Scholarship will cover the registration fees for one course and one certification exam. 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

More than 1,000 applications were received last year for the five scholarships awarded, with the average age of the submitter being 29 years-old. The Linux Foundation 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.

For more details on the criteria for each category or to apply, please visit:

Additional Resources

About Linux Training at The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation Training Program includes a comprehensive set of Linux courses that are vendor-neutral, distribution-flexible, technically advanced and customizable. Built by 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

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


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