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The Richard C. Loeber Fellowship Story...

The Richard C. Loeber Fellowship Program is built on the belief that IBM i is a great platform on which to build a career, and that great careers happen when companies invest in people.

RCL is a partnership between Kisco Systems and IBM i shops who want to launch careers by developing high potential employees.

Read more about the RCL Fellowship program at TechChannel

By 1984, Richard Loeber had built a career starting with card punch at a railroad and working up to data processing manager at a global consumer goods company. But he was stuck. Without a college degree he could progress no further on the traditional career path. So he started a company called Kisco Information Systems. Known today simply as Kisco Systems, the company Rich founded continues to thrive in IBM i security software and services.

To honor this achievement and to help launch modern IBM i careers for people from all backgrounds, Kisco Systems is proud to offer the Richard C Loeber Fellowship program.

The program partners with IBM i customers to develop high potential employees who are smart, curious and highly motivated but do not yet have all the experience or skills to build a career on the IBM i platform.

Meet our Fellows

Cameron Stewart January 2024

The next selection will be announced by July 1 2024.

Fellowship Benefits

  • IBM i and RPG training provided by imPower
  • COMMON membership for one year including registration for two conferences
  • Recognition throughout the IBM i community

Program Requirements

  • Applicant must be sponsored by an active IBM i customer (end user only, no vendors) with a limit of one fellow per employer every three years
  • Age 35 years or younger
  • Reside in USA or Canada
  • Highly motivated and hard-working with innate curiosity and thirst for knowledge
  • At least two years of work experience
  • Non-employer letter of recommendation
  • All career backgrounds welcome
  • Neither the applicant nor the sponsoring company have received training from imPower within the last three years


Two fellowships will be granted every calendar year. One in January and one in July:

January application deadline: Nov 30 of the previous year.
July application deadlines: May 31 of the current year.