Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business today announced this year’s recipients of the Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship. The 2008 recipients are Jessica Wrenn, senior; Melissa Lamoureux, senior; Kia Rainey, senior; Tamara Roper, junior; and Catherine Mickle, sophomore.
“We recognize the value of fostering women in technology to enhance the diversity of the industry’s leadership,” said Sandra Bergeron, chairman of the mentorship committee. Congratulations to our winners who will bring a wealth of talent and possibility to our field.”
The scholarship-mentorship program provides for a paid tuition award and a one-on-one mentorship relationship between each recipient and an individual leader from the technology industry. The program is funded through a $1 million endowment made by Sandra and Doug Bergeron to the university’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
“The Bergeron Scholarship recognizes significant academic achievement and creates a unique opportunity for the winners,” said Fenwick Huss, Dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “We are grateful to Sandra and Doug Bergeron for their foresight in establishing the funds that make the award possible.”
Sandra Bergeron, a graduate of Georgia State University, is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. Mrs. Bergeron currently serves as chairman of the board of TraceSecurity, Inc. and also serves as a director of ArcSight Inc., Qualys Inc., TriCipher Inc and is a Venture Advisor to Trident Capital. Mrs. Bergeron's national reputation as a computer security thought leader has earned her several distinctions. She has testified before Congress on how government and private industry can better prepare for virus attacks and has served on the Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology. Douglas Bergeron is the CEO and primary individual shareholder of Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY). Mr. Bergeron is also a member of the Listed Company Advisory Committee of NYSE Euronext.
Verifone, based in San Jose, California, is the world’s largest provider of electronic payments systems and employs more than 300 high technology professionals in Georgia.
About The J. Mack Robinson College of Business
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University is located in Atlanta, an epicenter of business and a gateway to the world. With programs on four continents and students from 150 countries, the College is both worldwide and world class. Its part-time MBA program is ranked number five in the nation and has been in the top 10 for 13 consecutive years. The College has 200 faculty, 7,400 students and 65,000 alumni. Noted for an emphasis on educating leaders, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the nation.www.robinson.gsu.edu