Well actually, I became a Debian Maintainer quite a while ago (12th November 2014 in fact). My first upload without sponsorship was to fix a release critical bug on the Gramps package. This was the 13th December 2014.
Many thanks to my sponsors: Andreas Tille, IOhannes Zmölnig, and Tobias Frost, and the many helpers on Debian Mentors, that supported me along the way.
For those that don’t know, being a Debian Maintainer allows you to upload certain packages of software to the Debian repository. It is a step along the way to becoming a fully fledged Debian Developer. More information can be found here: