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.

VCRA seeks applicants for Carolyn M. O’Connor Education Fund

The Virginia Court Reporters Association is currently accepting applications from students enrolled in a court reporting program for its Carolyn M. O’Connor Education Fund. The deadline to submit applications is Jan. 15, 2015. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 1. Students interested in applying for an award must be actively engaged in the study of court reporting, either enrolled in a traditional school setting or attending an online program, and have completed at least one semester of school.

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NCRF recognizes support for programs, grants, and scholarships

The National Court Reporters Foundation recognized the four students who had received scholarships and grants through its programs during the Saturday Awards Luncheon at the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo. The Foundation raises money to support the court reporting and captioning professions, and one of its programs seeks to recognize the burgeoning potential of students and new professionals.

In 2014, NCRF offered Student Intern Scholarships worth $1,000 each to two students: Kelly Greer of the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Rebecca Russo of Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Ala. 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.

The NCRF chair, Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, recognized the many donors who raised funds  for scholarships to three students and a grant to a new working court reporter in a speech at the Awards Luncheon. NCRF raises money through many activities, such as the Vacation Property Silent Auction at this year’s NCRA convention, and the Angels Program. The 2014 Angels were invited to a special lunch on Friday. Fifty-nine Angel signed up to support NCRF in 2015, which is the most sign-ups at a Convention.

NCRF announces 2014 NCRF Student Intern Scholarship recipients

NCRF awards two $1,000 Student Intern Scholarships annually, selected by random drawing. Students must have completed or be currently performing the required internship portion of their court reporting program, among other requirements. Kelly Greer of the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Rebecca Russo of Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, Ala., are this year’s winners.

For more information about NCRF scholarships and awards, click here.

College of Court Reporting offers awards to students

The College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., recently awarded almost $21,000 in professional scholarships to nine recent graduates. The scholarships give the graduates the opportunity to enhance their realtime skills, obtain professional certification, continue their education, and purchase equipment/software. CCR provided the scholarships through monies received under the 2012 Training for Realtime Writers Grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

The recipients are: Bob Strohl, Easton, Pa.; Jennifer McKay, New Lenox, Ill.; Erika Darnold, Robinson, Ill.; Gina Powell, Northport, Ala.; Andrea Dalsing, Oswego, Ill.; Laura Post, Manassas, Va.; Amy Schleinz, Wasau, Wis.; Marie Tibaldi, Easton, Pa.; and Laura Shapiro, Aurora, Ill..

Award winners were selected based on an essay contest that asked students to respond to two prompts — one on the importance of professionalism and another on using CCR’s skill development software, ev360 Professional, to earn realtime certification.

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.

National Court Reporters Foundation Awards 2013 New Professional Reporter Grant

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 Heather King, a court reporter from Jacksonville, Fla., for receiving the 2013 New Professional Reporter Grant of $2,000, at a special awards luncheon held during NCRA’s 2013 Convention and Expo., being held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 8-11.

“Each year, the Foundation is honored to award this grant to a deserving new court reporter to help them launch their career,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s deputy executive director.

“This ever-important grant 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 awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a working reporter who 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. King, a graduate of The Stenotype Institute in Jacksonville, is the ninth recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was nominated by Tom Crites of Tom Crites & Associates International, Savannah, Ga.

“Heather is so excited about her new career. I believe she will truly become a name we will all come to know and respect in the court reporting profession,” said Crites, a practicing court reporter for more than 40 years. His company, launched in 1974, provides reporting and videography services worldwide.

NCRF supports the court reporting and captioning professions through philanthropic programs funded by annual charitable contribution activities such 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.

Financial support available for new working reporter

NCRF offers a $2,000 grant each year to a New Professional Reporter who graduated from an NCRA-approved court reporting program and who is in his or her first year of work as a court reporter. The reporter must be nominated by his/ her supervisor or employer. The Nomination Form may be found at www.ncra.org/NCRFscholarships, or call NCRA’s Member Services and Information Center on 800-272-6272. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2013.

NCRF scholarship available

NCRF awards the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship each year to a student nearing graduation. The $2,000 award is given in support of tuition and educational materials. March 15, 2013, is the deadline to nominate someone for this year’s scholarship. To get the Nomination Form, go to www.ncra.org/NCRFscholarships, or call NCRA’s Member Services and Information Center on 800-272-6272.