Computer Science undergrads win Bergeron Scholarships

Two undergraduate computer science majors, Asveen Chhabra and Kellie Tucker, have won a Bergeron Women in Technology Leadership Scholarship.

The Bergeron Scholarship, one of the largest scholarships available to Georgia State University students, is awarded annually to undergraduate women who demonstrate high potential for leadership careers in technology. Thirty-one students have received the scholarship since its inception in 2007. A unique feature of the scholarship is that it pairs each recipient with a mentor in the information technology field.

In the past, only women majoring in computer information systems were eligible for Bergeron Scholarships. Starting in 2013, computer science majors could apply as well. Four scholarships were awarded this year, with two going to CS majors and two to CIS majors. In another change this year, the scholarship is now a two-year award instead of a one-year award.

Bergeron Scholarships are funded by a $1 million endowment established in 2006 by Sandra and Douglas Bergeron. Sandra Bergeron is one of the most highly regarded female technology leaders in Silicon Valley, serving on the boards of Sophos, Qualys, F5 Networks, and TraceSecurity. She previously held a number of key executive positions at McAfee, Inc. Ms. Bergeron earned a B.B.A. degree from Georgia State in 1982. Douglas Bergeron is the president of DGB Investments. From 2001 to 2013, he was the chief executive officer of VeriFone Systems, a leading provider of technology for electronic payment transactions.