NCRF Scholarships & Awards
NCRF raises funds to support & recognize both the court reporting professional, and the student reporter.
The Foundation is thrilled to be awarding four scholarships and one grant in 2015 to deserving NCRA members. In order to qualify for the Robert H. Clark Scholarship, 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 administrator based on qualifications and financial need. For more information contact April Weiner, NCRF Foundation Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800/272-6272, ext. 152.
Robert H. Clark Scholarship Awarded to Chaya Shusterman
Congratulations to Chaya Shusterman of Brooklyn, N.Y. Shusterman, who attends the New York Career Institute, is the first recipient of NCRF's Robert H. Clark Scholarship.
This scholarship is named for the late Robert H. (Bob) Clark, a court reporter from Los Angeles, Calif., who was dedicated to preserving the history of the profession. Clark was the beloved, longest-tenured Librarian-Historian in NCRA history, serving for approximately 26 years. In 1993, he donated his extensive collection of books, artifacts, and documents related to court reporting to NCRF to help establish the Robert H. Clark Library at NCRF headquarters. Clark was honored with the title of Librarian-Historian Emeritus in 1997. He passed away in 2000.
In 2015, Clark’s cousin, Donna Hamer, made a generous donation to NCRF to honor him, and, as a result, the Foundation created the Robert H. Clark Scholarship. It will be awarded in the amount of $1,800 for five years beginning in 2015 and running through 2019. Court reporting students must be nominated by an instructor or advisor and meet a number of specific criteria to be eligible, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program's Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation.
Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Kendra Steppler
Congratulations to Kendra Steppler of Portland, Ore. Steppler, who attended Sumner College in Portland, Ore., is the 19th recipient of NCRF's Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Recipients are chosen based on a number of criteria, including enrollment in an NCRA-certified court reporting program, passing at least one of the court reporting program's Q&A tests at a minimum of 200 words per minute, having a grade point average of 3.5 or above, demonstrating the need for financial assistance, and possessing the qualities exemplified by a professional court reporter, including attitude, demeanor, dress, and motivation. Frank 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 his memory to a student nearing graduation who meets very specific criteria demonstrating achievement and professionalism.
Student Intern Scholarships Awarded to Katherine Schilling & Elizabeth Vanghelof
Congratulations to Katherine Schilling of West Valley College, Saratoga, Calif., and Elizabeth Vanghelof of Atlantic Technical Center, Coconut Creek, Fla., the recipients of NCRF's 2015 Student Intern Scholarships!
Each year, 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 Nomination Form. A generous annual donation from the Reis Family Foundation helps fund these scholarships.
New Professional Reporter Grant Awarded to Rachelle Cahoon
Rachelle Cahoon, a court reporter from Boise, Idaho, is the 2015 recipient of NCRF's New Professional Reporter Grant. Rachelle graduated from the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., and is now working at Tucker and Associates in Boise, Idaho. She has been described as a powerhouse who is expected to become an amazing realtime writer.
NCRF awards an annual $2,000 grant to a qualified new working reporter who graduated from an NCRA-certified program within the last year. The reporter must be nominated by his/her supervisor or employer and must be working in one of three career paths: judicial (official/freelance); CART or Captioning. The grant is intended to help the reporter establish him- or herself as a professional, or help with such items as school loans, equipment purchases, etc. Nominees must meet specific criteria and represent the qualities of a stellar reporter.
Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism
Long-time NCRA member Dom Tursi, CM, was named recipient of the 2015 Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism at NCRA's 2015 Convention & Expo held July 30-Aug. 1 in New York City. Tursi, an official court reporter from Central Islip, N.Y., has worked as a freelance reporter, an official court reporter, and a videographer. He has also been a partner in a firm, opened his own firm, founded a court reporting school, taught court reporting, provided closed captioning for clients, and reported proceedings in at least a half-dozen countries. In September 2010, he opened the Gallery of Shorthand in his own courthouse, a museum-like venue that showcases the history of the court reporting profession. Tursi is also the author of a number monographs and has served in many capacities at the local, state, and national levels, logging thousands of volunteer hours on behalf of court reporting.
About the Award: In 1996, Mrs. Josephine C. Aurelio gave NCRF a generous donation to honor her husband's lifetime of altruistic endeavors. NCRF established the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, which is awarded at NCRA's annual Convention, to an altruistic person devoted to the court reporting profession.
This award goes to a long-time court reporter who has given back selflessly to the profession or community. Recipients 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.
Past winners may be found at the link below.
The following two scholarships are not currently being awarded; however we want to recognize the recipients 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!