National Court Reporters Foundation Awards 2013 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug 10, 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, today recognized Justine Kiechel, a court reporting student from West Chester, Pa., as the recipient of the $2,000 2013 Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship, at a special awards luncheon held during NCRA’s 2013 Convention & Expo., being held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 8-11.
“Each year the Foundation is honored to award this scholarship to a deserving student to help them facilitate their education,” said B.J. Shorak, the Foundation’s deputy executive director.
“This ever-important scholarship is 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’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., OrangeCounty’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.