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A year’s worth of scholarships courtesy of NCRF

If you are a student or new professional in the fields of court reporting or captioning, you should mark these dates on your calendar to apply for significant scholarship and grant dollars coming up in 2022. Most of the scholarships or grants require that students meet certain criteria, such as membership in NCRA or a certain speed, and submit specific information, such as an official transcript from their court reporting program. The chart below offers a brief snapshot of the upcoming scholarships and grants that will become available in 2022. (Not all of the requirements are listed in the chart below.)

PROFESSIONAL GRANTSMajor CriteriaOpensClosesAmount
Carl Sauceda Grant (one)More details to comeJan. 17, 2022TBD$1,000
New Professional Reporter Grant (two) New professionals in their first year after graduationApril 1, 2022June 3, 2022$2,000 and $1,000    
Monyeen Black Memorial Grant (one)New professionals who have earned their RPR within two years of graduationMay 2022June 2022$1,000
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPSMajor CriteriaOpensClosesAmount
Student Intern Scholarships (two)NCRA student members who have been interning in a court reporting or captioning role within the past 12 monthsSept. 1, 2021Dec. 8, 2021Two awards of $1,000 each
Stenograph’s Milton H. Wright Memorial Scholarship (one)Students who have completed an NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program and passed one skills test between 80 and 120 wpm.Nov. 14, 2021Jan. 25, 2022About $5,000
NCRF Career Launcher Student Grant (five – seven per quarter)Students currently enrolled in a court reporting program who have passed one skills test at 180 wpm or higheropenJan. 14; April 14, Aug. 14; Dec. 14, 2022Up to 7 students will receive a free Career Launcher registration (worth $100/$175) each quarter
NCRA A to Z® Scholarships (10)Students who have completed an NCRA A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program and passed one skills test between 60 and 100 wpmFeb. 1, 2022March 15, 2022Up to 10 students will receive a $500 scholarship each
NCRA CASE Student Scholarships (five)NCRA student members currently attending an NCRA-approved court reporting program and who have passed one skills test between 140 and 180 wpm  Feb. 1, 2022April 1, 2022The top prize of $1,500 is the Sue Shelton White Scholarship; four additional scholarships are available in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500, and $250
Visit the NCRF scholarships and grants page for full application criteria

These scholarships and grants are supported by donations to the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) from working court reporters and captioners, some of whom are also NCRA members. Over the course of 2021, the Foundation awarded $20,000 through these different scholarships and grants. So far, donations secured for 2022 will allow NCRF to continue to support court reporting and captioning students and new professionals into the future.

The Foundation recently announced a new grant program to aid court reporting students as they bridge to their professional careers: The new Career Launcher Student Grants. Through this new program, NCRF will be offering five to seven grants each quarter that will cover the cost for students to participate in the Career Launcher program.

NCRF also announced a new scholarship named for Carl Sauceda, a past NCRA president. Details on criteria will come in early 2022.

In addition to scholarships, NCRF Angels and other donors support the future of the court reporting and captioning professions in a number of ways, including:

For more information about NCRF scholarships and grants, visit www.ncra.org/foundation or contact Jill Parker Landsman at jlandsman@ncra.org.

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