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New Court to CART Grant offers professional development

NCRF’s new Court to CART Grant is an annual $1,000 grant awarded to an NCRA applicant interested in broadening his or her skill set from the judicial setting to the path of providing communication to access realtime translation (CART) for people with hearing loss or nonnative English speakers. The grant winner will receive an assessment of his or her realtime skills and instruction about current CART technology. Hands-on training will be provided as well as the chance to learn from applicable existing NCRA videos. The application period is Feb. 1 – March 31.

The grant is offered in honor of stepfather and lifelong role model of Rich Germosen, FAPR, RDR, CRR, Eligio Antonio Rosario, Sr. The concept behind this grant emanated from Germosen’s quest for speed, accuracy, and professional development. His focus was complemented by Patricia Graves’, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, passion to serve people with hearing loss or nonnative English speakers by providing CART services when needed.

Applicants must be a current member of NCRA in good standing, hold a minimum RPR and preferably a realtime certification, and must be providing realtime services in the judicial setting, among other criteria. Interested members must submit an application, a letter of recommendation, and an essay on the topic: Explain why you, as the applicant, want to change or expand your career path to include CART. What impact will your contributions make on CART captioning audiences that you will serve as well as the court reporting and captioning professions? Share your motivation to participate in CART training.

Full eligibility criteria and application details can be found here.

For more information on this and other Foundation scholarships, please contact NCRF at