Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business today
announced the recipients of the 2012 Bergeron Women in Technology
Leadership Scholarship. Initiated in 2006 with $1.5 million in total
funding, GSU's Bergeron Scholars program has already benefitted 30
women, several of whom have graduated and begun their careers.
Silicon Valley-based executive couple Sandra and Douglas G. Bergeron funded the Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship in 2006. With the announcement of 2012 recipients today at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the program to date has benefitted 30 women, several of whom have graduated and begun their careers. (Photo: Business Wire)
This is the sixth year in which the scholarship has been awarded to GSU
female undergraduate or graduate students in Robinson's computer
information systems program who have demonstrated high potential for
leadership careers in technology.
This year's scholarship recipients are:
Janani Prithviraj of Atlanta, candidate for Master of Science in
Information Systems. Ms. Prithviraj is a native of India and a
graduate of Anna University in Chennai. During her undergraduate
studies, she interned with Mahindra Satyam, one of India's largest IT
Asia Rahman, currently of East Point, Ga., and formerly of the Bronx,
New York. Ms. Rahman is a graduate of Atlanta Technical College and is
pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in computer
Catrice Shaw, currently of Atlanta, and formerly of Clarksdale, Miss.
Ms. Shaw is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in
computer information systems. She is a graduate of the Center of
Industry and Technology (C.I.T.) in Atlanta and currently works as a
solutions engagement supervisor with UPS.
Giuliana Vela, a resident of Duluth, Ga. Ms. Vela, a native of Peru,
is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in computer
information systems. She previously attained a graphic designer
associate degree at the National University of San Agustin, Arequipa,
Peru, and an associate degree in computer programming at Gwinnett
Matilda Young of New Brunswick, N.J., currently residing in Kennesaw,
Ga. A senior pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring
in computer information systems, Ms. Young is employed at First Data
Merchant Services and works part-time with the human resources and
operations support team at Macy's in Atlanta.
The Bergeron Scholarship program rewards significant academic
achievement and is the largest dollar award available to students in
Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business. The program is
funded with an endowment from Sandra and Douglas G. Bergeron and
expanded this year to the University of California, Berkeley.
"We're very proud of the success of the Robinson College program and of
the young women leaders of tomorrow who have participated," said Sandra
Bergeron, a graduate of Robinson's computer information systems program.
"As in the past, this year's winners will benefit from professional
mentoring and financial assistance that will help them achieve their
Robinson's Department of Computer Information Systems is ranked in the
top 10 for both undergraduate and graduate offerings in U.S. News &
World Report's annual listings of the nation's best colleges and best
"With the support of Sandra and Doug Bergeron, the Bergeron Scholars
program at the Robinson College is preparing high-potential young women
for leadership positions in the technology industry," said Dean H.
"Mentoring is such a critical element in the development of strong
leaders. Atlanta-based Women in Technology (WIT) supports the Bergeron
Scholars by pairing them with female technology executives who serve on
WIT's board of directors," WIT's executive director Stephanie Hill
commented. "Our board members remain committed to doing their part to
ensure the successful launch of these ladies into the business arena,
which is a win for Georgia's technology community."
Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology
leaders in Silicon Valley. She is a venture partner with Trident
Capital, and a director of Qualys Inc., Sophos plc, and chairman of
Douglas G. Bergeron has been CEO of VeriFone Systems, Inc. (NYSE:PAY)
since 2001 and is one of the company's largest individual shareholders.
Mr. Bergeron is on the Listed Company Advisory Committee of NYSE
Euronext and on the Board of Directors of Fundtech Ltd. VeriFone, based
in San Jose, Calif., is the world's largest provider of electronic
payments systems and employs more than 300 high-technology professionals
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