Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Georgia State University Announces 2008 Bergeron Scholarship Recipients

(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.

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