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Scholarship winners say thank you

One of the programs that the National Court Reporters Foundation Board of Trustees is so proud of is its scholarships and grants. Two recent NCRF Student Intern Scholarship recipients earned $1,000 each. They both shared their thanks.

Andriana Bilous

“Please let the Foundation leaders know that I am so grateful for this scholarship. The award will be extremely helpful covering some of the costs of equipment as well as just generally being very validating of my success in the program,” said Andriana Bilous, from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

“Even though I overall really loved my experience in this program, there had definitely been moments where I doubted my choice just because of how tough it could be at times. Winning this scholarship validates all the effort that I’ve put into this so far, and that feeling itself is priceless,” Bilous added. She lives in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

“Thank you so much! I’m excited and so thankful.,” said Jessica Shines, from MacCormac College. “This intern scholarship means a lot to me because I feel like I’m on my way! Also, I haven’t even started working, and other professionals are already supporting me.

“I love court reporting because it is the most difficult thing I have ever done, and I get better every day. There is always a new technique to tweak, but there are no limits to what I can do if I just work hard, and there aren’t too many careers like that. Also, it’s just fun! I love the look on people’s faces when I show them this cool, graceful skill.

Jessica Shines

“It’s so wild that soon I’ll be a reporter who will support the NCRF (I promise!)” Shines added. She lives in Chicago, Ill.

Currently, the 2021 Stenograph Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship applications are under review. The NCRF New Professional Reporters Grant deadline is June 4, and the first-ever Monyeen Black Memorial Grant deadline is July 9. If you have questions, email Jill Parker Landsman at

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