Note (2013-12-06):

Submissions for the 2013 year are no longer being accepted. Dates and deadlines will be posted soon for the next round of awards.

What you need to know:

The Problem: Paying for school is hard, when you're finished you haven't learned enough skills to set you apart from your peers, and your resume is unimpressive.

This is a scholarship to motivate young adults to become involved in open source communities.

Committee members working professionally in the open source market will use their collective 30 years experience to recommend students based on the impact of their contributions.

We'll show you what open source is all about: how to negotiate the open source ecosystem, show you where to get started, and walk you through your first contributions.


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Consideration for award of the Open Source Scholarship is open to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled at WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources as an undergraduate during the year of award
  • The student must have an interest in contributing to open source activities or communities

Selection Criteria

The Open Source Group Board will meet, review the applications and then recommend the names of at least two top students to the appropriate officials of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Scholarships will be awarded by the appropriate officials of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources in consultation with the WVU Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The recipient that will be recommend are based on the following criteria:

  • The students contributions to open source projects and the open source community between the spring scholarship announcement and the fall submission deadline
  • The impact of the students contributions, not the quantity of their contributions
  • The award considers, but is not limited to, contributions of the following kinds:
    • Code submissions (new features, bug fixes, etc.)
    • Documentation Work
    • Design Work
    • Bug Reporting
    • Testing
    • Community Engagement (mailing list/irc support, etc.)

Acceptable documentation:

  • Issue tracker links (e.g., Bugzilla, Github, Trac)
  • Version control commit links
  • Forum/Mailing list archive links
  • IRC logs

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Open Source Group

The Open Source Group Scholarship was created in October of 2012. The scholarship is an official named annual scholarship operating under the care of the WVU Foundation.

The maintainers of the Open Source Group Scholarship may be reached via email for any questions or comments.



If you wish to donate to the scholarship you may do so by following these steps:

  1. Visit the WVU Foundation Online Giving Homepage
  2. Enter the amount you wish to donate into the AMOUNT field
  3. Change the DESIGNATION menu to Other
  4. Enter 2S411 Open Source Group Scholarship into the OTHER field
  5. Continue filling out the rest of the form as normal


If the form looks like this screenshot, then you're doing it right! Thank you!

All donations are handled by the WVU Foundation. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization all donations are tax-deductible.