500 Promising Individuals Worldwide Receive Linux Foundation IT Training & Certification Scholarships
Recipients, who otherwise could not afford this opportunity, will receive access to a training course and industry-recognized certification
AUSTIN, Texas, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- OPEN SOURCE SUMMIT -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, has announced the recipients of the 2022 Shubhra Kar Linux Foundation Training (LiFT) Scholarships. LiFT aims to increase diversity in open source technology by providing access to online and in-person training and certification exams for underserved demographics at no cost to the recipient. Since 2010, The Linux Foundation has awarded over 1,600 scholarships for millions of dollars worth of specialized, technical training to those who may not have the ability to afford this opportunity otherwise. The program has been renamed in honor of Shubhra Kar, the longtime CTO of The Linux Foundation who was tragically lost earlier this year.
For 2022, The Linux Foundation is awarding scholarships to 500 of the over 3,100 applicants – a record amount of applications – who vied to be selected in one of twelve categories.
This year's scholarship applicants reflect the diversity of open source, with ages of applicants ranging from 13 to 66 with the average age being 27 years old. Applications were received from 133 different countries. The open source novices and seasoned tech professionals selected to receive this year's scholarships serve as a reminder that interest in open source and technology generally crosses all demographics.
"Time and again we have seen so many promising individuals around the world benefit from professional open source training, which is why I am proud that we are able to once again offer this opportunity to 500 deserving individuals around the world," said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. "This group shows the promise that open source and collaborative development brings by opening doors to new careers, and also by bringing in new perspectives and worldviews that lead to better technology outcomes. We hope these recipients are also inspired by the memory of our friend and colleague Shubhra, who was an incredible technologist and human being, reflecting the best traits of the open source community."
Highlighted scholarship recipients for 2022 in each category are:
Kommireddy Hiranmai Sai Supriya, 19, India
Abdalla Elfateh Abdalla Bukhari, 22, Sudan
Vicky Sy, 28, Philippines
Marsalis Weatherspoon, 33, United States
Akhilesh Thorat, 27, India
Linux Kernel Gurus
Marcelo Schmitt, 30, Brazil
Abderrahmen Errached Tlili, 22, France
Open Source Newbies
Alexandra Shagzhina, 41, Hong Kong
SysAdmin Super Stars
Patience Cheptoo, 29, Kenya
Nikita Shrivastava, 18, India
Web Development Wiz
Orim Dominic, 27, Nigeria
Women in Open Source
Ernitia Paramasari, 41, Indonesia
About the Linux Foundation
Founded in 2000, the Linux Foundation is supported by more than 1,000 members and is the world's leading home for collaboration on open source software, open standards, open data, and open hardware. Linux Foundation's projects are critical to the world's infrastructure including Linux, Kubernetes, Node.js, and more. The Linux Foundation's methodology focuses on leveraging best practices and addressing the needs of contributors, users and solution providers to create sustainable models for open collaboration. For more information, please visit us at linuxfoundation.org.
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