Learn Linux for free by scoring a Linux training scholarship

The Linux Foundation is offering an expanded free scholarship program for people who want or need to learn Linux, including pre-college students and Linux newbies

Learning Linux can not only improve your geek cred, it can help pave a career in tech. If you're thinking of a Linux-related career but don't know where to start, you might want to try for a Linux Foundation Training Scholarship.

There are only 14 available this year, but that's 9 more than previous years. The scholarship also includes two more categories this year: Linux Newbies (for those individuals who have finished the free Intro to Linux online course (LFS101x on edX) and students under the age of 18 who already have some experience using Linux and want a head start in a career in this field.

Two scholarships will be available for each of the seven categories. In addition to Linux Newbies and Teens-in-Training, you can apply for the Whiz Kids (for high school or college grads), Women in Linux, SysAdmin Super Stars, Developer Do-Gooder, and Linux Kernel Guru scholarship categories.

The online application for these scholarships ask you if you're a student, whether you've taken a Linux Foundation Training course before, what your experience with Linux is, and how you plan to use your knowledge gained from the training course.

If Linux is going to be a signification part of your career in the future, you'll probably also appreciate this other addition to the scholarship program: At the end of the training program, you'll be able to take a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator or Linux Foundation Certified Engineer exam at no cost to you, which could help you land a related job.

Good luck to all the applicants!

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