[in the news] The Fedora Project Recognizes Student Contributor with Fedora Scholarship

Kara Schiltz kschiltz at redhat.com
Thu Jun 2 13:43:13 UTC 2011

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*The Fedora Project Recognizes Student Contributor with Fedora Scholarship*

/Ricky Elrod Named Fourth Annual Scholarship Recipient for Work Within 
Free and Open Source Software/

RALEIGH, N.C.--The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored 
and community-supported open source collaboration, today announced that 
Ricky Elrod is the recipient of the 2011 Fedora Scholarship, a program 
now in its fourth year. The Fedora Scholarship program recognizes 
college and university-bound students across the globe for their 
contributions to free software and the Fedora Project. Elrod has spent 
significant time working within Fedora's Infrastructure Team, a group of 
volunteers that manage the servers and applications that run Fedora. He 
was selected from an impressive applicant pool and plans to continue his 
education at the University of Akron this fall and major in Computer 

Fedora is built by a worldwide community of people and is inclusive for 
anyone to join and contribute across multiple functions from content 
writers, designers and marketers to translators, web developers and 
system administrators. Fedora and Red Hat are committed to fostering the 
talent of young contributors and aim to encourage students to gain 
hands-on experience with open source software and lead in the creation 
and spread of free code and content.

"We are very pleased to be awarding the Fedora Scholarship to Ricky this 
year," said Jared Smith, Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat. "His 
contributions to the Fedora Infrastructure Team have made a positive 
impact to help everything from our project website and wiki to the 
package builder and update manager run smoothly. We thank Ricky for his 
numerous contributions and look forward to his continued work with 
Fedora as he attends university and pursues his degree."

Fedora Scholarship applicants are evaluated on criteria including the 
quality of contributions made to Fedora and other free software 
projects, references provided by Fedora community members, the amount of 
time the applicant has been contributing to Fedora and the overall 
quality of the application. Recipients are awarded a scholarship to be 
applied toward tuition for the student's college or university 
education. Fedora Scholarship winners also receive funding for travel 
and lodging at the Fedora User and Developer Conference (FUDCon) nearest 
to their location for each year of the scholarship.

"I would like to say a huge 'thank you' to the Fedora Infrastructure 
team and the Fedora Project as a whole, for showing me, and many people 
like me, that open source software is easy to contribute to from any 
level of experience," said Elrod. "Thank you to all who make Fedora the 
great project that it is, and the great project that it will continue to 

The 2012 application window will open in fall 2011. For more 
information, visit https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Scholarship 

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