Since 2011 The Linux Foundation has been awarding scholarships to those in need. The Linux Foundation training (LiFT) scholarships provide Linux training to developers and IT professionals who show interest and promise in becoming more active in and knowledgeable about Linux and open source development but cannot otherwise afford to the training they need to further their career or improve their skills. Each scholarship recipient receives the free training and their testing fees for certification if applicable are waived.
In 2016, The Linux Foundation received more than 1,000 applications for 14 LiFT scholarships. The most popular category once again was SysAdmin Super Star, followed by Linux Newbies and Academic Aces. Applications were received from six continents with applicants ranging in age from 13 to 66, demonstrating the demand for quality open source education spans geographies and demographics.