Student scholarship opportunities: CASE Scholarship application due April 30

NCRA is accepting Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) student scholarship applications for five awards this year. The CASE has increased the number of scholarships available from three to five this year to better support the future of the profession. The top award is $1,500; second award is $1,000; third award is $750; fourth award is $500; and fifth award is $250. To be eligible to apply, students must currently be attending an NCRA-approved court reporting program, have an exemplary academic record, and have passed one skills test writing 140-180 wpm at the time of submission. In addition, applicants must submit an essay on the topic, “Pick an experience during your court reporting education and explain how it has influenced your development.” Deadline for applications is April 30. See the CASE student scholarship page for full details.

Scholarship recipients will be formally announced at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, La.

“I’m so honored to be a recipient of the CASE Scholarship. It’s great motivation to continue to constantly learn and grow in this great profession,” said Maggie DeRocher, a 2017 graduate from Des Moines Area Community College and a working freelance reporter. DeRocher was awarded a $1,000 CASE scholarship in 2017.

“If you are a student considering applying for this scholarship, I highly recommend it. Writing out your thoughts in essay form, no matter the topic, helps bring you back to the reason you started the journey to becoming a court reporter. If you are lucky enough to be chosen as a recipient, the scholarship helps to offset the costs of finishing school or starting out your career,” DeRocher advised.