Applications are now being accepted for two $1,000 grants being offered through the National Court Reporters Foundation. The Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant and the Monyeen Black Memorial Grant are now open to new professionals who hold the RSR or the RPR certification, are in their first two years of reporting or captioning, provide a letter of recommendation, and answer a short essay question.
Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant
This is the first year that the Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant is being offered. Michelle Grimes was a stenographer from Illinois who participated in the 100-day practice group on Facebook hosted by Rich Germosen, FAPR, RDR, CRR. “At times we will share things sort of as a family on the practice page,” said Germosen. “One day in 2017, Michelle posted on the page that she had cancer. She was going through treatment all while still practicing. This new grant is our way to remember Michelle and her dedication by rededicating ourselves.” The grant was also created in honor of Germosen receiving his FAPR distinction in 2022 through a fundraiser hosted by Allie Hall, RDR, CRR, and many other of his other colleagues.
As part of the submission process, applicants will be required to submit an essay on the topic: “Explain how you believe the service of stenographic court reporting contributes to fair trials, equality, justice, and other legal events.” Applications for the grant will be accepted until June 17. Full grant requirements and an application can be found here.
Monyeen Black Memorial Grant
NCRF is also offering the Monyeen Black Memorial Grant. The grant honors the memory of Monyeen Black, who passed away in January 2021. Monyeen was also an active member of Germosen’s Facebook practice group.
The 2022 Monyeen Black Memorial Grant was awarded to Rose Detloff, RMR, CRR, a freelance court reporter based in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made at a special awards luncheon held during the NCRA Conference & Expo.
According to Lisa Buell, RPR, CRR, CRC, owner of Buell Realtime Reporting, Detloff has been a textbook example of the perfect way for a newly certified court reporter to begin her career. “While accurate transcripts are the backbone of our profession, Rose excels in all aspects of working as a deposition reporter,” said Buell.
As part of the submission process, applicants will be required to submit an essay on the topic: “How, when, and why did you realize that a career in stenographic court reporting or captioning was right for you? Please explain your practice regimen and how you develop your skills.” Applications for the grant will be accepted until June 17. Full grant requirements and an application can be found here.
For additional information about these and other scholarships grants, contact Jill Parker Landsman at email@example.com.