Scholarship Recipients

Christine Gerard Christine is our first grantee supported by the T.A.F.F.Y. Foundation. Christine continues to live in Rochester, New York. She took a position at Kohl's after graduating, and earlier this year moved on to become an associate at Walmart. She recently became engaged, and plans to get married in July of 2018.

Christine graduated from NTID/RIT in May 2015, receiving her Associates Degree in Applied Computer Technology, specializing in Computer Security. She was one of six NTID undergraduate students to be recognized by NTID; at a special luncheon during graduation she received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning associates degrees.

At RIT, she was on the Dean's List. Her co-op assignment was supporting the computer Help Desk. She also volunteered for the Bloomfield Hills SCAMP Program, which is a summer camp for special needs children, and worked at RIT as a camp counselor for the Explore Your Future Program.

Christine grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is a triplet (she has two other sisters), and developed complications from the premature birth resulting in not only having a profound hearing loss but also in developing cerebral palsy. Nevertheless, she's been able to overcome these physical barriers in a most remarkable way. She has been involved in school plays (e.g., she was Tiger Lily in Peter Pan), has worked as a camp counselor, and was involved in the Academic Bowl at Gallaudet University's summer program. She's also worked at DeafCan, a well-known Michigan organization that supports people with hearing loss, including representing them at the Michigan Deaf Festival.