Georgia State University Announces Bergeron Scholarship Recipients

Two computer information systems majors and two computer science majors at Georgia State University are the recipients of the Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship.

Sandra and Doug Bergeron

Sandra (left) and Doug Bergeron

The scholarship, funded by J. Mack Robinson College of Business alumni Sandra Bergeron and Douglas G. Bergeron and now in its seventh year, is awarded to female undergraduate students at Georgia State who demonstrate high potential for leadership in careers in technology.

Two changes have been introduced to the scholarship. It now is a two-year, instead of one-year, award, and students in Georgia State’s computer science program in the College of Arts and Sciences will now be able to compete for the scholarship. Previously, it was open only to computer information systems students in the Robinson College of Business.

There are four 2013 scholarship recipients.

• Yanique Bariffe of Kingston, Jamaica — A U.S. Air Force veteran and computer information systems major, Bariffe is interested in computer security.

• Asveen Chhabra of Atlanta — A computer science major, Chhabra aspires to a career in animation and graphic design.

• Elizabeth Fox of Conyers, Ga. — A computer information systems major, Fox is interested in computer and technology problem solving.

• Kellie Tucker of Douglasville, Ga. — A computer science major, Tucker plans to work in the wireless, security or computer forensics fields.

“We are pleased to award these deserving students with this scholarship and trust it will go to good use,” said Sandra Bergeron. “Each of them exemplifies the qualities that aspiring leaders must possess to succeed in the constantly changing world of information technology.”

The Bergeron Women in Technology Scholarship rewards significant academic achievement and is one of the largest scholarships available at the university. In addition to the financial award, each recipient is paired with a senior-level mentor in the information technology field. Funded with a $1 million endowment, the program has provided 31 scholarships since its inception.

“Sandra and Doug Bergeron’s scholarships and their mentoring program for women support some of the best and brightest information technology and computer science leaders,” said Robinson College Dean H. Fenwick Huss. “Past Bergeron Scholars have entered the workforce with valuable knowledge from their executive mentors and are making a meaningful impact at their respective companies.”

Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley. She is on the boards of Sophos Plc, Qualys Inc., F5 Networks and TraceSecurity Inc. She was a director of Tipping Point, Netegrity, Nuance Communications, TriCipher and ArcSight until their acquisitions. In her career at McAfee, Bergeron held a number of executive positions, including head of research and development, head of corporate strategy and president of PGP Security.

Douglas Bergeron is the president of DGB Investments, a diversified holding company with ownership interests in several hedge funds and private equity funds, as well as motor racing. From 2001-13, he was CEO of Verifone Systems and has held a variety of executive management positions at SunGard Data Systems Inc., including president of SunGard Futures Systems and group CEO of SunGard Brokerage Systems Group. He was the group president of Gores Technology Group. Bergeron is on the board of directors of Fundtech Ltd. and Richard Petty Motorsports and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.