Are you a Fedora contributor? Are you starting college in the fall of 2010, or know a Fedora contributor who will be? (This likely means you/they are a high school senior, but thanks to Felix Kaechele, recent secondary school graduates currently finishing their gap/military/service years are now also eligible to apply!)

If so, you should apply (or tell them to apply) for the Fedora Scholarship. The Fedora Scholarship program recognizes one high school senior per year for contributions to the Fedora Project and free software/content in general, which gives you $2,000 USD plus an automatic full travel/housing sponsorship to attend the FUDCon closest to you for each of the 4 years of your college or university education.

The application process is entirely online, and basically involves you sending us an email with a single attachment. That's it. It's not that bad, really. I mean, you're probably in the middle of college applications now - trust me, compared to those, this application is a breeze. You should read the legal jargon here to check all the fine print before you start, but once you start, it mostly boils down to:

  1. Tell us who you are and why you should get the scholarship.
  2. Okay, now do it again in resume format.
  3. Great. Now tell us the names of a couple folks in Fedora that you've worked with so we can get some comments from them.

Seriously, that's it. The deadline is February 19, 2010. Go spread the word, and get those applications in!