Nominations open for awards and scholarships, including the all-new NCRA A to Z scholarships

It’s time to recognize someone special! Every year, NCRA offers members several scholarships and awards to bring attention to the people who are contributing to the profession in important ways. In addition to the annual scholarships managed by the Council on Approved Student Education (CASE), the National Court Reporters Foundation has initiated an all-new scholarship to help students who have completed the NCRA A to Z™ Intro to Machine Shorthand program with the next step in their training. Scholarships are supported by funds from the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).

Nominations are now open, so consider nominating individuals for these special opportunities:

CASE scholarships.Five scholarships are available. Students attending an NCRA-approved court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Teachers and mentors, let them know that you see their potential. The nomination period opens Feb. 15 and nominations close April 1.  

NCRA A to Z ™ scholarships. Up to 10 students will receive a $500 scholarship. Qualified applicants must have completed the NCRA A to Z™ Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program as well as pass a skills test writing between 60 and 100 wpm, among other eligibility requirements. Nominations open Feb. 15 and close April 1.

 CASE Educator of the Year. This special award is for a court reporting instructor. Was there someone special who inspired you, who got you through the ups, downs, and plateaus of your court reporting classes? If your teacher was an incredible influence in you getting started, now is the time to say thank you by nominating that special someone for the CASE Educator of the Year Award. Nominations open Feb. 15 and close April 1.

Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters. If you know a dedicated court reporter or captioner who has contributed to the profession in a big way over the years, nominate that person as a Fellow. Candidates must be active practitioners in the field and have at least 10 years of experience. Criteria for nomination include the publication of important papers, legislative or creative contributions to the field, and service on committees or boards. Nominations open Feb. 15 and close April 1.

NCRA announces the winners of the 2017 CASE scholarships

Lisa Erickson

Lisa Erickson

The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) has selected Lisa Erickson, a student at Prince Institute in Elmhurst, Ill., as the first-place winner of the 2017 CASE Scholarship. Maggie DeRocher, of Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Ia., earned second place, and Meredith Seymour of Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wis. earned third place. The first-place winner will receive $1,500; second place, $1,000; and third place, $500.

“Words fail to adequately express just how blessed I am to have received this award,” says Erickson. “As a double-duty parent, so many odds are constantly stacked against me. What this means to me is a bright start to the future I dream for my family. Thank you to all who helped make this possible.”

“I’m so honored to be a recipient of the CASE scholarship,” DeRocher tells Up-to-Speed. “It’s great motivation to continue to constantly learn and grow in this great profession.”

Meredith Seymour, who has worked as an American Sign Language interpreter, says she is “humbled and thankful to be granted this scholarship, yet also honored to be given this opportunity to spread awareness on behalf of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.”

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Maggie DeRocher

As part of the application process, students submitted an original essay on the topic “Describe what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from your perspective. What do you think those professions will be like in the next ten years?”

All three winning essays focused on the growing demand for reporters and captioners as well as a positive outlook for the future. “I conclude that in ten years and beyond,” Erickson writes, “this remarkable field will continue to turn heads and strengthen the backbone of the community.” Erickson’s instructors rated her as “exceptional” and used words such as “stupendous,” “persistent,” and “committed” to describe her.

Meredith Seymour

Meredith Seymour

Another common theme among the essays was the effect that technology will play in the future of the court reporting and captioning professions. Seymour points out the shortcomings of digital audio recordings in courtroom settings: “Although once thought as a convenient and inexpensive route, [technology] has been continuing to prove how inadequate and untrustworthy it is a reporting device for the court system.”

DeRocher, on the other hand, sees social media as a way to share information within the community: “There is camaraderie, punctuation and grammar advice, suggestions how to handle different situations that arise in the profession, discussions of the newest technologies, and everything in between.”

Applicants were also required to be current students at an NCRA-approved court reporting program, hold student membership with NCRA, write between 140-180 wpm, and submit three recommendation forms, among other criteria.

Scholarship recipients will be formally announced at the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Visit the Student Resources page for more information about the CASE Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities.








Nominations being accepted for the 2017 CASE student scholarships

The Council on Approved Student Education has announced that it is now accepting nominations for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 7.

Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-approved court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm. Applicants must submit three recommendation forms and a two-page essay.

Applicants are being asked to write an essay that describes what the professions of court reporting and captioning are like today from their own perspective. The essays should also address what the applicants think the professions will be like in the next 10 years. The winning essays may be published in the Journal of Court Reporting.

Other criteria required by applicants include:

  • Holding a student membership in NCRA;
  • Having attained an exemplary academic record; and
  • Having passed one skills test writing 140-180 words per minute at the time of submission (submit verification form).

Read more about the CASE student scholarships, or contact a member of NCRA’s Education Team at schools@ncra.org.








Nominations being accepted for the 2016 CASE Award of Excellence and student scholarships

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

Bonnie R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, an instructor at College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., was named 2015 Educator of the Year

The Council on Approved Student Education has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which recognizes an instructor’s dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. Recipients are nominated by students, fellow faculty members, administrators, or NCRA members. The deadline for nominations is April 16.

CASE is also accepting applications for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-certified court reporting program and writing between 140 and 180 wpm. Applicants must submit three recommendation forms and a two-page essay on a pre-selected topic. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 16.

Read more about the CASE Award of Excellence.

Read more about the CASE student scholarships.








Nominations being accepted for the 2015 CASE Award of Excellence and Student Scholarships

The Council on Approved Student Education has announce that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which is given in recognition of dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member.

CASE is also accepting applications for three student scholarships in the amount of $500, $1,000, and $1,500. Applicants must meet a number of requirements to be eligible, including attending a NCRA-certified court reporting program, write between 140 and 180 wpm, and submit a two-page essay on a pre-selected topic. Nominations and applications are being accepted through April 1.

For more information and nomination forms, visit the following web sites:
CASE Award of Excellence  – click here
CASE Student Scholarships – click here








NCRA announces 10 recertified court reporting schools

NCRA would like to congratulate the following schools on their recent recertification by the Association’s Council on Approved Student Education:

  • Alvin Community College, Alvin, Texas
  • Arlington Career Institute, Arlington, Texas
  • Atlantic Technical Center, Coconut Creek, Fla.
  • Huntington Junior College, Huntington, W.V.
  • Long Island Business Institute, Commac, N.Y.
  • Macomb Community College, Warren, Mich.
  • New York Career Institute, New York, N.Y.
  • South Coast College, Orange, Calif.
  • South Suburban College, Oak Forest, Ill.
  • Stark State College of Technology, Canton, Ohio

The court reporter training programs offered by NCRA-certified institutions are committed to excellence in realtime reporter education and have met the General Requirements and Minimum Standards established by National Court Reporters Association’s CASE, earning the right to describe themselves as “NCRA Certified.” In order to achieve and maintain certification, these programs agree to periodic review by CASE to verify their continued adherence to the GRMS. Each training program is identified as being certified for specific modes of delivery: on-site day, on-site evening, and online.

NCRA is not an accrediting agency; however, all NCRA-certified programs are accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Each institution’s transfer of credit policy is governed by the standards of the particular agency accrediting that institution.








NCRA Convention & Expo: CASE Educator of the Year

CASE_KandtSharon Kandt, CRI, (right) was named Educator of the Year during the 2013 Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tenn. Kandt, who teaches at Macomb Community College, began her career in court reporting in 1975 as a freelance reporter and is currently working as an official reporter, a position she has held for the past 36 years. She accepted a teaching position at Macomb Community College in 1976 and is currently the program coordinator of their NCRAaccredited court reporting program. Kandt is also a director on the board of the Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters. As committee chairperson of the Students, Testing, and Education Committee, she administers and oversees the NCRA examinations as the Chief Examiner for the state. Kandt was named the recipient of the 2013 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award through Macomb Community College.