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, and attending an NCRA-certified court reporting program. A generous annual donation from the Reis Family Foundation helps fund these scholarships.
The Robert H. Clark Scholarship, in its second year, is awarded in the amount of $1,800 each year through 2019. 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-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 GPA 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.
“As a hardworking young woman trying to balance being in school full time, being available to assist my parents, and running my own home on a tight budget, the lack of available funds can be the source of much stress and worry,” said Chaya Shusterman, the recipient of the first-ever scholarship in 2015. “Thanks to the generosity of the Robert H. Clark Scholarship, I received the relief I needed at just the right time! Thank you so much for assisting me in my journey to achieve my goals. I am deeply grateful.”
This scholarship is named for the late Robert H. (Bob) Clark, a court reporter from Los Angeles, Calif., who was dedicated to preserving the history of the profession. In 1993, he donated his extensive collection of books, artifacts, and documents related to court reporting to NCRF to help establish a namesake library that is housed at NCRA headquarters in Reston, Va. This scholarship was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Donna Hamer, Clark’s cousin, made in 2015.
The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo in Chicago, Ill.
To learn more about and apply for the Student Intern and Robert H. Clark scholarships, visit NCRA.org/NCRF.