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NCRF Awards 2013 Grant and Scholarship

Heather King and Justine Kiechel named recipients of annual $2,000 awards

May 21, 2013

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 National Court Reporters Foundation Awards 2013 Grant and Scholarship
Heather King and Justine Kiechel named recipients of annual $2,000 awards

 VIENNA, Va., May 21, 2013—The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), the charitable arm of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, has awarded the 2013 New Professional Reporter Grant of $2,000 to Heather King, a court reporter from Jacksonville, Fla., and the 2013 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 to Justine Kiechel, a court reporting student from West Chester, Pa.

“Each year the Foundation is honored to award this grant and this scholarship to a deserving new court reporter and a student to help them launch their career and facilitate their education,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s deputy executive director. “These ever-important grants and scholarships are made possible by the generous donations we receive each year from our members during several of our annual fundraising activities. The donations we receive are a clear reflection of how committed our members are to their profession.”

NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a working reporter who has graduated within a year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. King, a graduate of The Stenotype Institute in Jacksonville, is the ninth recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was nominated by Tom Crites of Tom Crites & Associates International, Savannah, Ga.

“Heather is so excited about her new career. I believe she will truly become a name we will all come to know and respect in the court reporting profession,” said Crites, a practicing court reporter for more than 40 years. His company, launched in 1974, provides reporting and videography services worldwide.

NCRF’s Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship honors the late Frank Sarli, a court reporter who was committed to supporting students at the highest level of their learning curve. Kiechel, a student at the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind., is the 17th recipient of the scholarship. 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.

Sarli, who was studying to become a professional pianist, turned to a court reporting career when he could no longer afford the tuition to music school. During his career, he opened Frank Sarli’s Accurate Court Reporters in Orlando, Fla., Orange County’s first independent court reporting firm, and was a founding member of the Florida Shorthand Reporters Association. Sarli also served in numerous roles at the national level, including as a director for NCRA. He was also the first Floridian to earn the NCRA’s esteemed Distinguished Service Award.

NCRF supports the court reporting and captioning professions through philanthropic programs funded by annual charitable contribution activities such a phone-a-thon, and the Angels Drive, which recognizes individuals or firms who commit to donate at least $1,000 to the Foundation in a 12-month timeframe.

Among the initiatives the Foundation supports is the Legal Education Program, which facilitates the education of the legal profession about the role of the court reporter through “Making the Record,” a court reporter-led seminar launched in 2010. The program focuses on the value of stenographic reporting and technology. Under the Legal Education Program, NCRF has also partnered with NCRA at the biennial Court Technology Conferences, sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, to ensure court reporter technology is before key players in court administration.

NCRF’ Oral Histories Program (OHP) raises public awareness about the court reporting profession by focusing on capturing and transcribing the poignant oral histories of American wartime veterans through the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP). NCRF coordinates with NCRA members to complete transcripts of the interviews and submit them to the Library. In the 10 years that NCRF has partnered with VHP, more than 2,880 transcripts have been submitted to the Library, as well as to other program partners, including the National Equal Justice Library at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at the Central Connecticut State University, and the Illinois State Library.

NCRF’s CART Services Program showcases the work of Communication Access Realtime Translators by providing grants to consumer organizations, such as the Association of Late-Deafened Adults. CART providers offer live-event captioning and personalized service for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

About NCRF

As a charitable organization, the Foundation relies almost solely on tax-deductible donations. They are our lifeblood, and we cannot exist without them. The majority of NCRF's support comes from NCRA members and associated businesses. That's why NCRF offers various giving options, from dues check-off to our phone-a-thon(s) to our annual Angels Drive to a vacation property auction. You can also support NCRF through your estate planning by becoming a member of NCRF's Legacy Society. To donate, or for information on NCRF’s programs, visit www.ncra.org/ncrf, or contact Deputy Executive Director, Ms. B. J. Shorak, at NCRFoundation@ncra.org, or at 800/272-6272, ext. 126.

About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 19,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit www.NCRA.org.