Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business today announced the recipients of the 2010 Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship:
- Gayathri Kunapuli—a graduate student from Hyderabad, India, pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems
- Natalia Long—a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, majoring in Computer Information Systems and Finance
- Lubna A. R. Memon—a graduate student from Mumbai, India, pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems
- Rossita Presley—a rising senior from Riga, Latvia, majoring in Computer Information Systems and Business Economics
- Shavonne Verdree—a rising junior from Decatur, GA, majoring in Computer Information Systems
- Catherine Waquespack—a rising senior from Atlanta, GA, majoring in Computer Information Systems
The Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Fund was funded with a $1 million endowment from Sandra and Douglas Bergeron and is awarded annually to female undergraduate or graduate students who have expressed or demonstrated high potential for leadership careers in technology. Since 2006, 21 women have been named Bergeron Scholars.
"These young women have great potential to advance into leadership positions in technology and we're delighted to provide them with professional mentors and financial assistance to help them achieve their aspirations," said Sandra Bergeron, a graduate of Georgia State University and chair of the mentorship committee.
The college's Computer Information Systems Department is ranked in the top 10 for both undergraduate and graduate offerings by US News & World Report's annual listings of best colleges and best graduate schools. This past year, the department partnered with the Atlanta-based Women in Technology (WIT) organization to recruit information technology executives to mentor Bergeron Scholars.
> "If there is one consistent theme among our most successful women in technology, it is the impact of mentoring," said WIT Executive Director Heather Rocker. "WIT is pleased to support the Bergeron Scholars program by connecting these students with the female technology leaders in our community - providing both a powerful mentoring experience and meaningful volunteer opportunity."
> The Bergeron Scholarship program rewards significant academic achievement and is the largest dollar award available to students in the Robinson College of Business.
> "The fund established by Sandra and Doug Bergeron enables us to make awards that will help these future leaders take full advantage of the resources available through Robinson College," said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. "The mentoring program promotes diversity in the technology industry and will help the students prepare to exploit their leadership qualities in the professional world."
Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. She is a Venture Partner with Trident Capital. She is also chairman of the board of TraceSecurity Inc. and serves on the boards of ArcSight Inc. (NASDAQ: ARST), Qualys Inc. and TriCipher Inc.
Douglas Bergeron is CEO and largest individual shareholder of Verifone Systems, 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.
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