We reviewed OpenSource.com, a webpage from Red Hat, awhile ago (http://www.k12opensourceclassroom.org/?p=241). In looking at it recently, I found an article about the Fedora Foundation (Red Hat) providing scholarships for open source developers. How cool!! According to the article:
recognizes one high school senior per year for contributions to the Fedora Project and free software/content in general. With a selection process that looks at the student’s contributions to Fedora and other free software projects and uses members of the Fedora community as references, it’s a little different from most scholarships you might be used to seeing. In addition to $2,000 USD for each of 4 years of an undergraduate education in any field of the recipient’s choice, the scholarship includes 4 years of annual all-expenses-paid trips to the nearest FUDCon
(FUDcon is Fedora’s Developers Conference. )
A HUGE bravo to Red Hat/Fedora for this. What a great way to increase interest in programming and open source! Especially in these economic times, we need more students ‘tinkering’ with code, developing applications for Linux, mobile phones (ANDROID!), and just for learning. The article (http://opensource.com/education/10/5/scholarships-open-source-contributors) discusses many of the things we’re talking about at the national level, with STEM schools and trying to encourage girls into the fields of science and technology. As the daddy of two smart little girls, I definitely want these options open to both of my girls! Definitely worth checking out!
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