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Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business Announces 2011 Bergeron Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships, Mentorships Awarded to Five Women Who Have Demonstrated Potential for Leadership in Technology August 04, 2011 Atlanta, GA

2011 Bergeron ScholarsGeorgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business Popuptoday announced the recipients of the 2011 Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship. This is the fifth year in which the scholarship has been awarded to female undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated high potential for leadership careers in technology.

This year's scholarship recipients are:

  • Katrina Eddins, of Tampa, Fla., a candidate for the Master of Science in Information Systems and a 2004 graduate of Georgia State. Ms. Eddins aspires to provide innovative mobile solutions to businesses.
  • Palak Gupta, of Indore, Madhyapradesh, India, a candidate for the Master of Science in Information Systems. Ms. Gupta is a native of central India and has been a graduate assistant with Georgia State University's department of Computer Information Systems.
  • Nalishia Taylor, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., who is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems. Ms. Taylor has worked in the technology department of an international law firm for the past six years and aims to become an enterprise systems architect.
  • Anna Turcu, of Alpharetta, Ga., who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. A native of Russia and mother of a four-year-old son, Ms. Turcu has been employed full time during the course of her higher education and first earned an associate degree before matriculating to Georgia State University. Her immediate goal is to work in quality assurance and software testing.
  • Shavonne Verdree, of Decatur, Ga., a 2010 Bergeron Scholar. Ms. Verdree is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and aspires to senior executive management of a Fortune 500 company and wants to encourage more young women to enter the IT field.

"In the five years we have awarded Bergeron Scholars, I have been encouraged by the progress and inspired by the aptitude of these young women. We're looking forward to providing this year's winners with professional mentoring and financial assistance to help them achieve their goals," said Sandra Bergeron, a graduate of Georgia State University and chair of the mentorship committee.

The Bergeron Scholarship program rewards significant academic achievement and is the largest dollar award available to students in the Robinson College of Business. The program was funded with a $1 million endowment from Sandra and Douglas G. Bergeron.

"Sandra and Doug Bergeron's support of this program makes it possible for Robinson College to encourage the professional development of these bright young future industry leaders," said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. "Past and present Bergeron Scholars are paving the way for increased diversity in the leadership ranks of the technology industry and will help the students prepare to exploit their leadership qualities in the professional world."

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The college's Computer Information Systems Department Popup is ranked in the top 10 for both undergraduate Popup and graduate Popup offerings by US News & World Report's annual listings of best colleges and best graduate schools.

Shilpa Chakravarthy, a past recipient of the Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship, described the benefits she derived from the program: "The mentor aspect is unique to the scholarship because of the tacit knowledge transfer that cannot be gained by just being a college student. My mentor provided invaluable contacts and opportunities, and it was actually one of her contacts at a leading Atlanta company that eventually helped me land my first professional job. The scholarship gave me a firm launching pad for my career."

Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. She is a Venture Partner with Trident Capital, chairman of the board of TraceSecurity Inc., and serves on the boards of Qualys Inc. and TriCipher Inc.

Douglas G. Bergeron has been CEO of Verifone Systems, Inc. (NYSE:PAY) since 2001 and is one of the company's largest individual shareholders. He also is a member of the Listed Company Advisory Committee of NYSE Euronext. Verifone, based in San Jose, Calif., is the world's largest provider of electronic payments systems and employs more than 300 high-technology professionals in Georgia.

Individual High-res Photos

Katrina Eddins Palak Gupta Nalishia Taylor Anna Turcu Shavonne Verdree
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Media Contacts:

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Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University

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