NCRF Scholarships & Awards
The Foundation is thrilled to be awarding four scholarships and one grant in 2016 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-approved 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 Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800/272-6272, ext. 152.
Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to Nicole Bulldis of Green River Community College, Auburn, Wash., the recipient of NCRF's 2016 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-approved 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. The call for nominations for the 2017 award will be posted in spring 2017.
Robert H. Clark Scholarship
Congratulations to Natasha Jones of Prince Institute--Great Lakes, Schaumburg, Ill., the recipient of NCRF's 2016 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-approved 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.
Student Intern Scholarships
Congratulations to Aspen Keech of the Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Stephen Sudano of the Long Island Business Institute, Commack, N.Y., the recipients of NCRF's 2016 Student Interns 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
Congratulations to Cathy Carpenter of Orlando, Fla., the recipient of NCRF's 2016 New Professional Reporter Grant! Carpenter graduated from Sheridan Technical College in Hollywood, Fla. and works for First Choice Reporting.
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. The call for nominations for the 2017 award will be posted in spring 2017.
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. 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.
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.
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!