The National Court Reporters Foundation Student Intern Scholarship is now open for nominations. Two $1,000 awards will be given to high-achieving court reporting students who have completed the internship portion of their education. Eligibility requirements include current NCRA student membership, speed test requirements, and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants must be nominated by their court reporting programs and must also submit a letter of recommendation and an essay. Judicial, CART, and captioning students are encouraged to apply, and the deadline is Dec. 9, 2022. Please visit the NCRF Student Intern Scholarship page for full submission details.
The 2021 winner of the scholarship was Katie Picciano, then a student at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa. In her essay on the topic “What has your student intern experience taught you about this profession in a post-COVID world?” Picciano shared how an increased reliance on technology during the pandemic had exposed weaknesses not just in the courts, but in our society as a whole.
After receiving the scholarship, Picciano told the JCR that she had already lined up her first job at the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, Pa. “I am so excited to begin my career as an official court reporter,” she said, “to be able to support my family and to continue to learn and take advantage of all the tools and resources that NCRA has to offer.”
The NCRF scholarship program promotes encouragement and incentives for students and new professionals to learn and strive for excellence. The scholarship program is supported by donations to NCRF, which are tax deductible.