If you are a student or new professional in the fields of court reporting or captioning, you may be eligible to apply for any of these scholarships and grants offered by the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF). Most of the scholarships or grants require that applicants meet certain criteria, such as membership in NCRA or a certain verified speed. Applicants may also need to submit information, such as an official transcript from their court reporting program.
The chart below offers a snapshot of the 2023 scholarships and grants. (Not all the requirements are listed in the chart; more information is available at NCRA.org/scholarships.)
These scholarships and grants are supported by donations to NCRF from working court reporters and captioners, some of whom are also NCRA members. Throughout 2022, the Foundation awarded more than $26,000 through these different scholarships and grants.
In 2023, grants and scholarships totaling more than $27,000 will be awarded. So far, donations secured for 2023 will allow NCRF to continue to support court reporting and captioning students and new professionals into the future, including the addition of a new Court to CART Grant. Please watch the JCR and JCR Weekly for details.
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
|PROFESSIONAL GRANTS||Major Criteria||Opens||Closes||Amount|
|Carl Sauceda Grant (one)||NCRA members who have supported, promoted, and improved the court reporting and captioning professions||Jan. 16, 2023||March 30, 2023||$1,000|
|Court to CART Grant||The applicant must hold at a minimum an RPR and preferably some realtime certification: CRC or CRR||Feb. 1, 2023||March 31, 2023||$1,000|
|Gina Battaglia Memorial Student Intern Scholarship||NCRA student members who have been interning in a court reporting or captioning role within the past 12 months||March 1, 2023||March 31, 2023||$1,000|
|New Professional Reporter Grant (two)||New professionals in their first year after graduation||April 1, 2023||June 2, 2023||$2,000 and $1,000|
|Monyeen Black Memorial Grant (one)||New professional who has earned an RSR or RPR within two years of graduation||May 1, 2023||June 17, 2023||$1,000|
|Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant (one)||New professional who has earned an RSR or RPR within two years of graduation||May 1, 2023||June 17, 2023||$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, 2023||Dec. 1, 2023||Two awards of $1,000 each|
|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||Ongoing||March 14; June 14, Sept. 14; Dec. 14, 2023||Up to seven students will receive a free Career Launcher registration (worth $100/$175) each quarter|
|NCRA A to Z® Scholarships (15)||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||July 1, 2023||Sept. 1, 2023||Up to 15 students will receive a $750 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||July 1, 2023||Sept 1, 2023||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|