I‘m posting this on behalf of the COMMON Education Foundation board (of which I am a member).

In 2008, after the untimely passing of Al Barsa, The COMMON Education Foundation established The Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship in honor and remembrance of Al. This allows the many people affected by Al’s life to honor him and continue his legacy through the support of education. Providing education, one of Al’s great passions, seems a fitting tribute to this great man.

In the esteem of doing for others in the i community, this award of a plaque and conference registration to the 2011 COMMON Annual Meeting will go to a recipient who exemplifies Al’s commitment and dedication to the i community.

The COMMON Education Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Al Barsa Memorial Scholarship. If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else for this award, you can obtain the application form from http://common.org/index.php/ed-foundation/available-scholarships.html. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.

The recipient selected by the Foundation Board of Directors and based on criteria of volunteerism, advocacy for the i community and dedication to helping others succeed on the platform will be selected by the last week of March, but won’t be announced until the conference.

Please nominate somebody for this prestigious award. If you have any questions, contact Michelle August at michelle_august at common.org.

About David:
David is a Principal Software Engineer for PTC, Integrity Business Unit. He cut his teeth on the S/36 and has more than 25 years of experience on the IBM i / System i / iSeries / AS400. He primarily works in Java and ILE RPG specializing in cross platform integrations. David has received the COMMON Distinguished Service award and was named an IBM Power Systems Champion. David is an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride. He is currently captain of Team RED Chicago. David runs and maintains midrange.com. His personal blog is Geeky Ramblings.