NCRA announces the winners of the 2017 CASE scholarships

Lisa Erickson

Lisa Erickson

The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) has selected Lisa Erickson, a student at Prince Institute in Elmhurst, Ill., as the first-place winner of the 2017 CASE Scholarship. Maggie DeRocher, of Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Ia., earned second place, and Meredith Seymour of Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis. earned third place. The first-place winner will receive $1,500; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500.

“Words fail to adequately express just how blessed I am to have received this award,” says Erickson. “As a double-duty parent, so many odds are constantly stacked against me. What this means to me is a bright start to the future I dream for my family. Thank you to all who helped make this possible.”

“I’m so honored to be a recipient of the CASE scholarship,” DeRocher tells Up-to-Speed. “It’s great motivation to continue to constantly learn and grow in this great profession.”

Meredith Seymour, who has worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, says she is “humbled and thankful to be granted this scholarship, yet also honored to be given this opportunity to spread awareness on behalf of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.”

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Maggie DeRocher

As part of the application process, students submitted an original essay on the topic “Describe what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from your perspective. What do you think those professions will be like in the next ten years?”

All three winning essays focused on the growing demand for reporters and captioners as well as a positive outlook for the future. “I conclude that in ten years and beyond,” Erickson writes, “this remarkable field will continue to turn heads and strengthen the backbone of the community.” Erickson’s instructors rated her as “exceptional” and used words such as “stupendous,” “persistent,” and “committed” to describe her.

Meredith Seymour

Meredith Seymour

Another common theme among the essays was the effect that technology will play in the future of the court reporting and captioning professions. Seymour points out the shortcomings of digital audio recordings in courtroom settings: “Although once thought as a convenient and inexpensive route, [technology] has been continuing to prove how inadequate and untrustworthy it is a reporting device for the court system.”

DeRocher, on the other hand, sees social media as a way to share information within the community: “There is camaraderie, punctuation and grammar advice, suggestions how to handle different situations that arise in the profession, discussions of the newest technologies, and everything in between.”

Applicants were also required to be current students at an NCRA-approved court reporting program, hold student membership with NCRA, write between 140-180 wpm, and submit three recommendation forms, among other criteria.

Scholarship recipients will be formally announced at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the Student Resources page for more information about the CASE Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities.

Nominations being accepted for the 2017 CASE Award of Excellence and Student Scholarships

student-group-tabletsThe Council on Approved Student Education has announce that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which is given in recognition of dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.

CASE is also accepting applications for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-certified court reporting program, write between 140 and 180 wpm, and submit a two-page essay on a pre-selected topic. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 7.

Please contact a member of NCRA’s Education Team with any questions.

Nominations being accepted for the 2017 CASE student scholarships

The Council on Approved Student Education has announced that it is now accepting nominations for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 7.

Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-approved court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm. Applicants must submit three recommendation forms and a two-page essay.

Applicants are being asked to write an essay that describes what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from their own perspective. The essays should also address what the applicants think the professions will be like in the next 10 years. The winning essays may be published in the Journal of Court Reporting.

Other criteria required by applicants include:

  • Holding a student membership in NCRA;
  • Having attained an exemplary academic record; and
  • Having passed one skills test writing 140-180 words per minute at the time of submission (submit verification form).

Read more about the CASE student scholarships, or contact a member of NCRA’s Education Team at schools@ncra.org.

Nominations being accepted for the 2016 CASE Award of Excellence and student scholarships

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

The Council on Approved Student Education has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which recognizes an instructor’s dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. Recipients are nominated by students, fellow faculty members, administrators, or NCRA members. The deadline for nominations is April 16.

CASE is also accepting applications for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-certified court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm. Applicants must submit three recommendation forms and a two-page essay on a pre-selected topic. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 16.

Read more about the CASE Award of Excellence.

Read more about the CASE student scholarships.

CASE Scholarship winners recognized during NCRA Convention & Expo

Three court reporting students were recognized for receiving CASE Scholarships during the Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo based on their winning entries in an essay-writing contest. The essays were to be written on the theme, “How do you achieve professionalism and ethical conduct in the social media/technological age?” A total of 18 nominations were received, and all were said to be thoughtfully written.

The 2015 recipients included:

$1,500 scholarship
Tracey Tracy
Green River Community College – Auburn, Wash.

$1,000 scholarship
Angeli English
Sheridan Technical College – Hollywood, Fla.

$500 scholarship
Josephine Nosker
StenoTech Career Institute – Piscataway, N.J.

NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education is responsible for the certification and development of court reporter student training and education programs and, as such, supports students on their path to becoming court reporting and captioning professionals.