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NCRA 2021 CASE Scholarship winners announced

The recipient of the first 2021 Sue Shelton White Scholarship awarded by NCRA’s Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) is Kimberly Coltrain, a student at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ill.  The $1,500 scholarship is one of five CASE awards each year. It was renamed in honor of White’s national role in the women’s suffrage movement.

The scholarship is one of five awarded to students by CASE each year. The others are awarded in the amounts of $250, $500, $750, and $1,000. Winners are chosen based on a weighted combination of speed, GPA, recommendations, and a written essay.

The 2021 essay question asked: If you were asked to provide advice on the following three topics to current students learning to write steno, what advice would you offer?

a. Overcoming testing anxiety

b. Dealing with frustration encountered while building skills

c. Learning the best ways to practice

This year the scholarship prize of $1,000 went to Rebekah Garza, a student at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas.

Carrie Schill, a student at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, earned the second prize of $750.

The prize of $500 went to Melissa Vega, a student at Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn.

A student at Plaza College in the Queens, N.Y., Annamaria Castro, is the recipient of the $250 scholarship.

To be eligible to apply for an NCRA CASE student scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend an NCRA-approved court reporting program
  • Hold student membership in NCRA
  • Have attained an exemplary academic record
  • Have passed one Skills Test writing 140-180 words per minute at the time of submission

Document requirements

Candidates must also submit the following documents with their application:

  • Speed verification form
  • Three recommendation forms
  • A copy of the student’s most recent transcript
  • An essay

Notification that applications are being accepted for the CASE student scholarships is sent each February to all NCRA-approved court reporting programs.

For more information on the CASE Student Scholarship, please contact the Education Department at