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June Career Launcher Student Grants recipients announced

Cynthia R. Bruce, Senior Director of Education and Certification for NCRA, and Jill Parker Landsman, NCRF Manager, have announced the latest recipients of the Career Launcher Student Grants. Winners were selected in a random drawing at the NCRA headquarters in Reston, Va. Interested students can apply for the next drawing before the deadline of September 14.

To date more than 30 Career Launcher Student Grants have been awarded. This quarter seven students’ names were pulled, thanks to the generous support of NCRF donors. Recipients for this quarter’s grants are:

  • McKalie Bellew of Florence, Ariz. – Tulsa Community College
  • Jenna Hall of Ponca, Neb. – Hardeman School of Court Reporting & Captioning
  • Hayley Long of Mishawaka, Ind. – EV360
  • Cristin Relyea of Beaumont, Calif. – EV360
  • Emma Ridge of Ormond Beach, Fla. – Oklahoma State University
  • Dana Spear of San Antonio, Texas – Tulsa Community College
  • Jill E. Wright of Plain City, Ohio – Clark State College

Winners received an email with a redeemable certificate to take the Career Launcher program at any time. The grants cover the cost of participating in the student program, which is $100 for members and $175 for nonmembers. Grant applicants who were not selected will remain eligible to win in future drawings, and Career Launcher Grants will continue to be available.

 “The Foundation is delighted to award these Career Launcher Grants to all qualified students,” said NCRF Chair Marjorie Peters, FAPR, RMR, CRR. “No question that court reporting students need a well-rounded learning experience, and these 10 Career Launcher modules will give students training for legal scenarios that are real. Our support for Career Launcher is long-term.”

The NCRF Career Launcher training program is designed to provide deposition training tips of the trade to serve as a bridge for students of steno shorthand and new professionals between graduation and their first job. The program is offered through the NCRA Learning Center

Students who are actively studying to become stenographic court reporters and testing at 180 wpm or higher are encouraged to apply. Full details on eligibility and an application can be found here. Completed applications will be entered into a drawing to take place after the September 14 deadline. Applications not drawn as winners will be included in future quarterly drawings.

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Read about last quarter’s Career Launcher Student Grant winners here.

Have more questions about the program? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.