Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business today announced the recipients of the 2009 Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship:
- Catherine Mickle—a rising junior from Decatur, Georgia as well as a 2008 Bergeron Scholarship recipient.
- Breonna DeLoach—a rising sophomore, from Jonesboro, Georgia
- Roxxana Manzanarez—a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia
- Monica Bull—a rising sophomore from Columbia, South Carolina
- Shilpa Chakravarathy—a rising junior, from Atlanta, Georgia
"Financial assistance and mentorship helps these young women achieve their potential, advance into leadership positions in technology and enhance diversity within our industry," said Sandra Bergeron, a graduate of Georgia State University and chair of the mentorship committee. By way of example, Sandra Bergeron cites the success of Kia Rainey, a 2007 Bergeron Scholar who now is with HP. “We congratulate this year’s recipients on their academic performance and wish them well in their continuing studies."
The Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Fund is awarded annually to five female undergraduate or graduate students who have expressed or demonstrated high potential for leadership careers in technology. It was funded with a $1 million endowment from Sandra and Douglas Bergeron.
"The Bergeron Scholarship recognizes significant academic achievement and creates a unique opportunity for the winners. This is the largest dollar award available to students in the Robinson College of Business. The mentoring aspect of this scholarship is also very beneficial to the recipients," said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. "We are grateful to Sandra and Doug for establishing the fund that makes the award possible."
Laurie Johnson, vice president and CIO of UPS Supply Chain Solutions, is one of several technology industry mentors involved in the program. She said, “The young woman I am mentoring has leveraged my experience and connections to expand her horizons in the business and technology worlds. The Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity and it is a pleasure to participate in the career development of aspiring students.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks Robinson’s undergraduate and graduate computer information systems programs in the top ten in the nation. The winner of the 2009 Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. championship for software design was led by a Robinson CIS graduate student.
Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. She is chairman of the board of TraceSecurity Inc. and serves on the boards of ArcSight Inc. (NASDAQ: ARST), Qualys Inc. and TriCipher Inc. She also is a venture advisor to Trident Capital.
Douglas Bergeron is CEO and largest individual shareholder of Verifone Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PAY). He also is 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.