The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) has announced that Christine Romans, a student at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, is the 2021 winner of the Stenograph Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of Milton H. Wright, Stenograph’s founder.
Romans will receive the merit-based two-year award, which is worth up to $5,000 and will include use of a student writer and software.
“I cannot express how truly grateful I am to receive the Stenograph Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship. As a student, there is no greater show of support for me to continue to learn and grow as a soon-to-be court reporter,” Romans said.
“This scholarship is just one of multiple that NCRF has provided to us students, and the wonderful thing about these generous contributions is that they help bring awareness to the court reporting profession. I am excited to be the recipient of this scholarship to show others what this occupation is all about and to hopefully encourage them to consider court reporting as a career,” she added.
This year’s award marks the second time the Stenograph Milton H. Wright Scholarship has been offered through NCRF.
“The Stenograph Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship is such a generous way to help encourage and advance the career of a rising court reporter,” said Early Langley, RMR, a freelance court reporter from Danville, Calif., and NCRF Chair.
“Our Foundation is proud to offer Stenograph’s opportunity as it provides excellent reinforcement for the education journey that this year’s awardee, Christine Romans, is on,” she added.
“Without NCRF, I would not have this opportunity to help educate others as to what an amazing skill stenography is and how wonderful the community is. Thank you to everyone at NCRF for selecting me and for giving all of us aspiring students an opportunity to further ourselves in this industry and our lives,” Romans noted.
According to Stenograph vice president of marketing Dan Denofsky, the essay Romans submitted with her scholarship application demonstrated great insight and thoughtfulness about the challenges the court reporting and captioning industry face in the new world of remote proceedings.
“Her insight and suggestions about our future give all of us great hope about the next generations of court reporters and the future of court reporting,” he added.
This scholarship is offered to students from NCRA-approved court reporter education programs. Notification of the scholarship is sent each November to all NCRA-approved court reporting programs.
For more information on the Stenograph Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship, please contact NCRF Foundation Manager Jill Parker Landsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.