Al Barsa was a pillar of the IBM i community. A passionate advocate for
the platform, he was a prolific COMMON presenter, a past president of the
Long Island Systems User group, and a very active member within the i
community. Al passed away just after the 2008 Spring COMMON Conference
ended. In response to a dramatic public response, the COMMON Education
Foundation created, the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship.
The COMMON Education Foundation is proud to offer the Al Barsa Memorial
Scholarship. This scholarship will honor an individual who exemplifies Al’s
commitment and dedication to the i community, is a mentor to others, and
is an advocate to the i community. The recipient of this award will receive
a conference registration to the 2012 COMMON Annual Meeting and be
presented with a plaque. Any current COMMON member is eligible for this
award. Candidates may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another individual. Deadline for submission is
March 12, 2012. The nomination form including instructions can be found on the COMMON Education Foundation page
under Available Scholarships.
The COMMON Education Foundation has tuition reimbursement scholarships offered to full and part time students at an
accredited institution of higher education (two- or four-year college or graduate program). Currently the value of each
scholarship is US$500. Applicants must be referred and sponsored by a COMMON member.
Please make sure to spread the word about the tuition reimbursement opportunity. Share with colleagues, your
organization, fellow students, LUG colleagues and Power Systems community colleagues. The tuition reimbursement
scholarship is a great way to supplement education costs. If you are a student or know a student that can make use of
$500 towards college education, here is the opportunity.
To apply for the scholarship visit the CEF student opportunities page http://www.common.org/index.php/ed-foundation/
student-opportunities.html complete the form and email or fax back to 708-974-8622, ATTN Education Foundation,
Thank you to all of the volunteers, COMMON members, and COMMON staff that contribute to the success of the
To continue CEF initiatives, and to continue to spread the word about IBM i and COMMON, the Foundation relies upon
the community to assist and support efforts. There are many ways you can get involved and help support the COMMON
Education Foundation and the future of i!
Step up to the Challenge!
About the Author
Laura Ubelhor is the
Assistant Director for
the COMMON Education