A couple of months back (March 20, 2012, to be more precise) I blogged here to report that Cisco-oriented training company INE.com had recognized this blog and my blog for Tom’s IT Pro (“Making it in IT“) as two of the Top 20 IT Career blogs on the Web. Thus, when another e-mail from INE popped into my inbox late last week, I was both curious and interested to see what it had to say.
Turns out that INE is soliciting entries for its 2012 Scholarship program, which essentially offers 10 full-boat tuition and exams packages for the CCIE Routing and Switching and Voice certifications (details below). The organization will award one scholarship to a person from each of the following geographical regions: Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, North America (US/Mexico), Oceanic (Australia and the islands), and South America. For those who’ve counted the items in that list (there are only 8), two additional scholarships for CCIE Voice will be chosen from the entire global applicant pool.
Scholarship recipients will receive the following elements, intended to cover CCIE Lab training from start to finish:
1. 2 year all access pass to all of INE’s training videos.
2. 1500 tokens for rack rentals or mock lab exam use.
3. CCIE Lab exam voucher (worth $1500 for CCIE S&R, $1800 for CCIE Voice)
4. A complete set of CCIE workbooks
5. Live onsite 10-day bootcamp training
INE represents the value of each such package as $12,000. To be eligible to win, candidates must be able to travel, at least 18 years of age, and already have scheduled or passed the CCIE written exam. Because the Lab exam is the biggest hurdle to earning a CCIE, this is a pretty handsome offer, and one that’s bound to help its winners earn their CCIEs sooner rather than later.
Find the application form at the foot of the INE 2012 Scholarship Web page. If you’re in the running for a CCIE you owe it to yourself to fill out the application form and submit it soon, along with the requested 400-800 word application letter. The sponsors have indicated a range of potential topics for applicants to tackle. Good luck!