2002 Winner - Katherine Montgomery

Katherine Montgomery looks forward to the day when a room of kids can call her teacher.

Katherine is a 21-year-old freshman at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.  She is pursuing an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts with a goal of teaching upon graduation.  

While she received good support from the Fairfax Public Schools as a high school student, Katherine, like many other students with disabilities transitioning out of the school system, found herself without the school-provided services or equipment on which she relied once she graduated. 

That’s when she turned to The Eric Fund. With the Fund’s help, Katherine is on her way to achieving her goal. The Eric Fund, with help from its generous donors, has granted Katherine more than $2,500 for a laptop computer that will enable her to take notes in class and complete school assignments that require a good deal of writing with voice-activated software. The Eric Fund will also provide her with a Microsoft Works suite that includes word and e-mail programs as well as access to the Internet –tools that every successful college student needs.

In addition to school and studying, Katherine enjoys hanging out with her friends, some of whom she met at an Easter Seals-sponsored camp, which she has attended since she was 14. The camp counselors come from all over the world to gain knowledge and experience from the campers and in turn expose them to a wider world.  Katherine’s email buddy list includes friends from England, Holland, and Australia.  

The Eric Fund is proud to support Katherine in becoming a teacher of tomorrow.