NCRF accepting nominations for Frank Sarli Memorial and Student Intern scholarships

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) is now accepting nominations for the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship and the Student Intern Scholarship. The deadline for both these scholarships is Dec. 1.

Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 has benefited court reporting students nearing graduation for 20 years. The award honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their education. Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to court reporting when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., Orange County’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was the first Floridian to earn NCRA’s Distinguished Service Award.

“This scholarship helped me immensely because I was able to use some of the funds for my professional machine, which helped me enter the workforce without being in debt, the first leg of my RPR, and my airfare to attend the NCRA Convention in Chicago, which was incredibly inspiring and motivating for a new reporter/recent grad,” said Nicole Bulldis, RPR, an official court reporter in Pasco, Wash., and the 2016 recipient of the Sarli scholarship.

Court reporting students must be nominated by an instructor or advisor and meet a number of specific criteria to be eligible, including:

  • enrollment in an NCRA-approved court reporting program
  • passing at least one of the court reporting program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute
  • having a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale,
  • demonstrating the need for financial assistance
  • possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation

Submit a nomination for the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship

Student Intern Scholarship

Each year, NCRF awards two $1,000 scholarships to students who have completed or are currently performing the required internship portion of their court reporting program. They must also meet other specific criteria, including:

  • current membership in NCRA
  • having a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • attending an NCRA-approved court reporting program

A generous annual donation from the Reis Family Foundation helps fund these scholarships.

“Receiving [this scholarship], was a financial boon for my transition from student intern to working reporter,” said Stephen Sudano, a freelance court reporter from Bohemia, N.Y., and one of the 2016 recipients of the Student Intern Scholarship. “A career as a freelance court reporter requires a substantial investment to get off the ground. This scholarship helped pay for my professional equipment, and I appreciate it to this day.”

Submit a nomination for the Student Intern Scholarship

NCRF’s scholarships and grant are supported by donations to the NCRF Angels Drive and other fundraisers. To learn more about these scholarships, and to find the nomination forms, please visit NCRA.org/NCRF/Scholarships.

NCRF announces 2016 student grant and scholarship winners

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) has announced that Cathy Carpenter, Orlando, Fla., was named recipient of the 2016 New Professional Reporter Grant. The Foundation also announced that Nicole Bulldis, a student from Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., is the recipient of the 2016 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship.

“Being a new reporter can be a little intimidating because every day is something new and unknown, which is also what makes it so exciting,” said Carpenter. “One of the best things about court reporting is that there are so many people willing to help, teach, and do whatever is necessary to help new reporters, such as myself, succeed.  Receiving this scholarship is a prime example of the support that is out there in our community, and I am extremely grateful for it as I am starting out in my career.”

NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a reporter who is in his or her first year of work, has graduated within a year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program, and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. Carpenter, a graduate of Sheridan Technical College, Hollywood, Fla., is the 12th recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was recommended by Chelsey Bailey of First Choice Reporting & Video in Tampa, Fla.

Bailey recalled a memorable deposition when “Cathy handled a witness bringing his four-year-old son into the conference room during his deposition who continued to run around and scream over the attorneys. I still wonder how she was even able to take down the depo, but she managed to do so while also entertaining the little boy by pulling all of her supplies and belongings out her bag and allowing him to play with them. When it was over, the attorneys expressed to our office staff how grateful they were for Cathy’s professionalism.”

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Bulldis is the 20th recipient of the scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on a number of criteria, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation.

“I am so honored to be the 20th student who will benefit from this amazing scholarship,” said Bulldis. “I hope to serve Mr. Sarli’s memory well and look forward to the day I can pay it forward.”

To learn more about NCRF’s scholarships and grants, visit NCRA.org/NCRF/Scholarships.

NCRF announces deadline for student scholarship and grant

Nominations are now being accepted by the National Court Reporters Foundation for the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship and the New Professional Reporter Grant. The deadline for both the scholarship and grant is March 18.

The Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 has benefited court reporting students nearing graduation for nearly two decades. The New Professional Reporter Grant of $2,000 benefits a qualified new working reporter who has graduated from an NCRA-certified program within the past year. Both awards are based on nominations, and recipients must meet a number of criteria.

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their education. Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to court reporting when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., Orange County’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was the first Floridian to earn NCRA’s Distinguished Service Award.

“The Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship not only helped me with the cost of schooling, but it also gave me the boost of confidence I needed to succeed through school and into this amazing profession,” said Kendra Steppler, who was the 2015 recipient of the scholarship.

“Realizing the director of my school believed in me through her nomination allowed for that. She also presented me with different experiences during school that allowed me to show my ability as a future reporter. Take on any task presented to you; it will lead to opportunity and reward,” added Steppler.

Steppler graduated from Sumner College in Portland, Ore., in June 2015 and is now an official court reporter for the First Judicial District Court in Helena, Mont. In the seven months since taking the job, she has had the opportunity to experience a number of amazing – and sometimes wild – scenarios, including a first transcript order for a case that was more than 800 pages.

“I was completely surprised when I received an email informing me I was being awarded with the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship. I had no idea I was even being nominated. It was very exciting and also extremely motivating. What a wonderful profession full of opportunity. I have the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship to thank for helping me along the way,” she added.

Both the scholarship and the grant are supported by donations to the NCRF Angels Drive and other fundraisers. Recipients will be recognized at the 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo., being held in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 4-8.

More information about all of NCRA’s and NCRF’s grants and scholarships can be found in the February issue of the JCR.

To learn more about the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship or the New Professional Reporter Grant, visit NCRA.org/Foundation.

NCRF announces 2015 student grant and scholarship winners

The National Court Reporters Foundation has announced that Kendra Steppler, a student from Sumner College in Portland Ore., is the recipient of the $2,000 2015 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship. The Foundation also announced that Rachelle Cahoon, Boise, Idaho, was named recipient of the 2015 New Professional Reporter Grant. The winners will be recognized at NCRA’s 2015 Convention & Expo being held July 30-Aug. 2 in New York City.

“Each year the Foundation is honored to award this scholarship and this grant to deserving students to help them facilitate their education and launch their careers,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s Deputy Executive Director. “Both of these important awards are made possible by the generous donations we receive each year from our members during several of our annual fundraising activities.”

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Steppler is the 19th recipient of the scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on a number of criteria, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation.

NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a reporter who is in her or her first year of work, has graduated within a year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program, and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. Cahoon, a graduate of the College of Court Reporting, Hobart, Ind., is the 11th recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was nominated by Annie Cook of Tucker and Associates in Boise and was described as a “powerhouse” who is expected to become an amazing realtime writer.

For more information about NCRA and its many programs, visit NCRA.org/Foundation.

 

NCRF announces deadline for student scholarship and grant

National Court Reporters FoundationNominations are now being accepted by the National Court Reporters Foundation for the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship and the New Professional Reporter Grant. The deadline for both the scholarship and grant is March 27.

The Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 has benefited court reporting students nearing graduation for nearly two decades. The New Professional Reporter Grant of $2,000 benefits a qualified new working reporter who has graduated from an NCRA-certified program within the past year. Both awards are based on nominations and recipients must meet a number of criteria.

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to a court reporting career when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., Orange County’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was also the first Floridian to earn NCRA’s esteemed Distinguished Service Award.

Both the scholarship and the grant are supported by donations to the NCRF Angels Drive and other fundraising events. Recipients will be recognized at the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo., being held in New York City, July 30 – Aug. 2.

To learn more about the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship or the New Professional Reporter Grant, visit NCRA.org/Foundation.

Student scholarships help kick-start careers

National Court Reporters FoundationDonations to the NCRF Angels Drive and other fundraising efforts support a variety of activities funded by the Foundation, including the $2,000 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, which has benefited court reporting students for nearly two decades.

“This scholarship helped get the ball rolling for my career. I used it to assist with the purchase of my professional steno machine and software,” said Justine Kiechel, from West Chester, Pa., a graduate of the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., and recipient of the 2014 scholarship.

“Getting started can be expensive. The scholarship definitely made it a little less challenging in that area. It was also an honor to list it on my resume,” added Kiechel, who now works as a freelance reporter in Delaware.

In a letter of thanks to NCRF, 2012 scholarship recipient Cynthia Garcia of Moreno Valley, Calif., a graduate of Sage College Court Reporting School in Southern California, stated that she also used the funds to help purchase a professional steno machine and software. In addition, she noted that being named a recipient helped motivate her to practice more while also building her dictionary.

“One day I hope to be in a position to help students achieve their goals just as [NCRF] has helped me,” Garcia wrote.

“This ever-important scholarship is made possible by the generous donations we receive each year from our members. The donations we receive are a clear reflection of how committed our members are to their profession,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s Deputy Executive Director.

Recipients for the scholarship are chosen based on a number of criteria, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation.

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to a court reporting career when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., Orange County’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was also the first Floridian to earn NCRA’s esteemed Distinguished Service Award.

“There’s really no reason a student shouldn’t apply for this scholarship. It’s a simple application process, and it can contribute to your future in the court reporting profession,” said Kiechel.

Later this winter, NCRF will open the application process for students to apply for the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, and the winner will be recognized at the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo., being held in New York City, July 30 – Aug. 2. Learn more about how you can help support the Foundation’s work including the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship.

NCRF supports the next generation of reporters

In 2014, NCRF awarded scholarships to three students and a grant to a new working court reporter. Two students, Kelly Greer of the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Rebecca Russo of Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Ala., received NCRF’s Student Intern Scholarships; each received $1,000. Jessica D’Agostino of Lake Worth, Fla., was awarded NCRF’s 2014 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, and Shannon Bevin, a court reporter from Whitestone, N.Y., is the 2014 recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant; they each received $2,000. Read more.

National Court Reporters Foundation Awards 2013 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug 10, 2013—The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), the charitable arm of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, today recognized Justine Kiechel, a court reporting student from West Chester, Pa., as the recipient of the $2,000 2013 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, at a special awards luncheon held during NCRA’s 2013 Convention & Expo., being held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 8-11.

“Each year the Foundation is honored to award this scholarship to a deserving student to help them facilitate their education,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s deputy executive director.

“This ever-important scholarship is made possible by the generous donations we receive each year from our members during several of our annual fundraising activities. The donations we receive are a clear reflection of how committed our members are to their profession.”

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Kiechel, a student at the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., is the 17th recipient of the scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on a number of criteria, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation.

Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to a court reporting career when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Frank Sarli’s Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., OrangeCounty’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was also the first Floridian to earn the NCRA’s esteemed Distinguished Service Award.

NCRF supports the court reporting and captioning professions through philanthropic programs funded by annual charitable contribution activities such as a phone-a-thon and the Angels Drive, which recognizes individuals or firms who commit to donate at least $1,000 to the Foundation in a 12-month timeframe.

Among the initiatives the Foundation supports is the Legal Education Program, which facilitates the education of the legal profession about the role of the court reporter through “Making the Record,” a court reporter-led seminar launched in 2010. The program focuses on the value of stenographic reporting and technology. Under the Legal Education Program, NCRF has also partnered with NCRA at the biennial Court Technology Conferences, sponsored by the NationalCenter for State Courts, to ensure court reporter technology is before key players in court administration.

NCRF’ Oral Histories Program (OHP) raises public awareness about the court reporting profession by focusing on capturing and transcribing the poignant oral histories of American wartime veterans through the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP). NCRF coordinates with NCRA members to complete transcripts of the interviews and submit them to the Library. In the 10 years that NCRF has partnered with VHP, more than 2,880 transcripts have been submitted to the Library, as well as to other program partners, including the National Equal Justice Library at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at the CentralConnecticutStateUniversity, and the Illinois State Library.

NCRF’s CART Services Program showcases the work of Communication Access Realtime Translators by providing grants to consumer organizations, such as the Association of Late-Deafened Adults. CART providers offer live-event captioning and personalized service for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.