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 GRANTS||Major Criteria||Opens||Closes||Amount|
|Carl Sauceda Grant (one)||More details to come||Jan. 17, 2022||TBD||$1,000|
|New Professional Reporter Grant (two)||New professionals in their first year after graduation||April 1, 2022||June 3, 2022||$2,000 and $1,000|
|Monyeen Black Memorial Grant (one)||New professionals who have earned their RPR within two years of graduation||May 2022||June 2022||$1,000|
|STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS||Major Criteria||Opens||Closes||Amount|
|Student Intern Scholarships (two)||NCRA student members who have been interning in a court reporting or captioning role within the past 12 months||Sept. 1, 2021||Dec. 8, 2021||Two 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, 2021||Jan. 25, 2022||About $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 higher||open||Jan. 14; April 14, Aug. 14; Dec. 14, 2022||Up 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 wpm||Feb. 1, 2022||March 15, 2022||Up 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, 2022||April 1, 2022||The 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|
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:
- Student recruitment through the NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program
- Student education and new professional education, such as the NCRF Career Launcher program, offered through the Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute