Fifteen people from 13 different countries have received Linux Foundation Training Scholarships(LiFT) in the category of Linux Newbies. This year, 27 people received scholarships across all categories — the most ever awarded by the Foundation.
Now in its seventh year, the program awards training scholarships to current and aspiring IT professionals worldwide who may not otherwise have the means for specialized training. The Foundation has awarded 75 scholarships worth more than $168,000 since the program began.
This year, The Linux Foundation received a record 1,238 applications for 14 scholarships, which are typically given to two people in seven categories. However, the quality of the applications in the Linux Newbies category was so high that the Foundation chose to award an unprecedented 15 scholarships in that category alone.
To qualify, candidates must demonstrate they want to contribute to the advancement of Linux and open source software and help influence their future. Applicants can be located anywhere in the world and must show a passion for these technologies and a proven interest in becoming an open source professional.
The 15 recipients in the Linux Newbies category are new to Linux but have learned the basics by completing the Intro to Linux online course. These recipients have been awarded scholarships to take the next course in this career-focused series: Essentials of System Administration along with the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam.