The National Court Reporters Foundation has announced that Katherine Schilling of West Valley College, Saratoga, Calif., and Elizabeth Vanghelof of Atlantic Technical Center, Coconut Creek, Fla., are the winners of its 2015 Student Intern Scholarships. Schilling and Vanghelof will be recognized at a special awards luncheon at the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo being held in New York City July 30-Aug. 2.
Each year, NCRF draws randomly from nominations that have been submitted two winners to each receive a $1,000 scholarship to support them as they finish out their educations. To be eligible, nominees must be NCRA members, enrolled in an NCRA-certified court reporter training program, and involved in the school’s internship program within the past year, among other criteria.
In the last 10 years, NCRF’s Student Intern Scholarship has aided dozens of students in their efforts to complete their court reporting education. The scholarship is supported by donations from NCRA members to the Foundation.
To be eligible, student nominees must also be interning in any of the following three career paths: judicial (official and freelance), CART, and captioning. A nominee in a judicial court reporting program must also have passed at least one of the program’s Q&A tests at a minimum of 190 words per minute, while a nominee in a CART or captioning program must have passed at least one of the program’s literary tests at a minimum of 160 words per minute.
Nominees for the NCRF Student Intern Scholarship must also have a grade point average of at least a 3.5 overall (based on a 4.0 standard or equivalent), demonstrate the need for financial assistance, and possess all the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including professional attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation. Finally, all criteria must be confirmed and verified by the submitting program.
For more information about NCRF scholarships and grants, or to submit nominations, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF’s Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or by email at email@example.com.