NCRF Scholarships & Awards
NCRF raises funds to support & recognize both the court reporting professional, and the student reporter.
Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism
Each year at the NCRA Convention, the National Court Reporters Foundation awards its highest honor, the Santo J. Aurelio Award for altruism. This award goes to a long-time court reporter who has given back selflessly to the profession or community. The nominee must be an NCRA Participating or Registered member, or a Retired Participating or Registered member; must have demonstrated altruistic behavior; and must have been a working reporter for at least 25 years. The 2013 winner will be announced during the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, August 10th, during NCRA’s Convention & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Foundation is thrilled to be awarding three scholarships and one grant in 2013 to deserving NCRA members. In order to qualify for either the Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, or the (2) Student Intern Scholarships awarded each year, students must be enrolled in an NCRA certified court reporting program, be a member of NCRA, have a 3.5 GPA and meet other criteria. **Note: our scholarships are not designed to be self-nominating, rather student nominees are selected by their program instructor or program adminstrator based on qualifications and financial need. For more information contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 800/272-6272, ext. 126.
Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship -- Awarded
Frank Sarli dedicated his professional life to court reporting, and especially to students, serving many years on NCRA's committees and boards that guide the education of court reporting students. NCRF gives out a $2,000 scholarship each year in Mr. Sarli's memory to a student nearing graduation who meets very specific criteria demonstrating achievement and professionalism. This year's recipient is Justine Kiechel of the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Indiana.
New Professional Reporter Grant -- Awarded.
NCRF awards an annual $2,000 grant to a new working reporter who graduated from an NCRA-certified program, meets specific criteria, and represents the qualities of a stellar reporter. This year, NCRF's New Professional Reporter Grant recipient is Heather King of Jacksonville, Florida. Heather, a graduate of The Stenotype Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, and was submitted by Tom Crites of Tom Crites & Associates International, Inc., of Savannah, Georgia. Tom said that Heather "is excited about her new career and truly will be a name we all know and respect in the court reporting profession."
Student Intern Scholarship – Two 2013 Awards Made!
NCRF awards two $1,000 scholarships to students who have completed or are currently performing the required internship portion of their court reporting program. They must also meet other specific criteria, as outlined in the link below. This year's winners are Tamara Buerkle of the Sheridan Technical Center, Hollywood, Florida, and Victoria Pacheco of Prince Institute-Rocky Mountains, Westminster, Colorado. Congratulations to these students and their schools. Funds were provided in part for these scholarships by a generous donation from the Reis Family Foundation.
The following two scholarships are not currently being awarded; however we want to recognize the winners of these scholarships.
Second-Year Student Scholarship
Winners received a scholarship in the amount of $1,400.
Disabled Student Scholarship
Three disabled court reporting students have received NCRF scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each!