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Dz Scholarship Fosters Next-Generation Skills

This fall semester, the IBM Destination z community has broken its own record in the amount of business partner support for the Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship. Seven sponsors have stepped forward to encourage the next generation of mainframe experts to continue their academic and professional careers on the System z platform. They are: IBM, INNOVATION Data Processing, PKWARE, Rocket Software, Trident Services, Velocity Software and Vicom Infinity.

Established in 2008 and run annually since, the scholarship has helped dozens of students to pay for their mainframe education. It has shown that the enterprise computing community is actively engaged in supporting some of the best mainframe programs and students.

The amount of the scholarship awards varies each year based on the donations and applications received. Last year, 12 students were honored, with the top winner, Vance Morris from West Texas A&M University, earning $2,500 for excellence on the platform.

Besides the scholarship money itself, students also benefit by setting themselves apart from their peers through industry recognition, giving them a nice talking point with mainframe recruiters. Taking some time to fill out the simple application form could pay big dividends down the road.

Applications are judged by a committee of IBM Academic Initiative team members and representatives of the companies that sponsored the scholarship. The highest-scoring student will receive the Greg Zaubi Memorial Scholarship, named after the Marist College systems programmer who spent the latter part of his career connecting thousands of students and professors worldwide to System z, through the mainframe Knowledge Center hub he administered for years in partnership with the IBM Academic Initiative System z.

Destination z members interested in contributing to the fund can find the simple instructions here. Schools interested in joining Destination z, which enables their students to be eligible for the scholarship, can sign up online.

Good luck to all the students who submit applications, and a special thank you to all of the sponsors who make this program possible!

In addition, the application deadline has been extended to Dec. 17. Winners will be announced in early January.

Mike Todd is the IBM Academic Initiative System z advisor.

Posted: 12/5/2012 1:04:50 PM by Mike Todd

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