Annemarie Roketenetz
National Court Reporters Association
Director, Communications and PR
Tel: 703-584-9014 or 




Heather Bonds from Santa Cruz awarded a $500 scholarship

Heather Bonds

RESTON, Va., Aug. 2, 2021— The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, has announced that Heather Bonds from Santa Cruz, Calif., a student at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind., has been awarded a $500 NCRA A to Z® Scholarship. The scholarships are supported by funds from the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), the philanthropic arm of NCRA.

Bonds, who is writing at nearly 120 words per minute, expects to graduate in October of 2022 and is excited about entering the field as a freelance court reporter, but said she is also intrigued by the idea of being a captioner for sporting events, business seminars, and awards shows.

Bonds said she heard about court reporting when she was in her 20s. “However, with it being the well-kept secret that it is, there wasn't enough information out there to grasp all the wonderful things it entailed. It wasn't until a family member, who is a criminal court judge in Los Angeles County, asked me two years ago if I had considered the profession,” she said.

Bonds said he told her that his court reporter is the most valued person in his courtroom and that she too was a single mother who was now able to provide great things for her children.

“Since I was at a pivotal point in my life, I used that valuable conversation to do extensive research about the field to ensure I was making the right decision. I still have a lot of unanswered questions about the profession, but I know that court reporting is my lifeline for giving my daughters a better future,” Bonds added.

Bonds said the scholarship money not only will help pay for her tuition, but it also validates the continuous 4.0 GPA she maintained during a difficult time in her life when the school she had been attending changed to a no-credit platform, eliminating grants and student loan opportunities.

“The irony of this year's convention being in Las Vegas and having NCRA see me as someone worth betting on, gives me hope and pride that I've chosen the right path. It shows me that everything I'm sacrificing to accomplish my goal of becoming a stenographer is worth it, and there are some wonderful people in this profession looking out for my future.”

To be eligible for the NCRA A to Z Scholarship, students must meet the requirements listed below and submit an application.

Have completed an NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program.

  • Have received an NCRA A to Z Certificate of Completion.
  • Have attained an exemplary academic record.
  • Have passed one skills test writing 60-100 words per minute at the time of submission.

For more information about the NCRA A to Z Scholarship, or the NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program, please contact the Education Department at

NCRF is currently accepting donations to meet its 2021-2022 goal of $5,000 to fund an additional 10 scholarships. To donate to the A2Zfund, text the keyword A2ZFUND to 41444 with this message: A2ZFUND $Amount Name and Message.


The court reporting and captioning professions offer viable career choices that do not require a four-year college degree and yet offer good salaries, flexible schedules, and interesting venues. There is currently an increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the growing number of employment opportunities available nationwide and abroad. Court reporters and captioners rely on the latest in technology to use stenographic machines to capture the spoken word and translate it into written text in real time. These professionals work both in and out of the courtroom recording legal cases and depositions, providing live captioning of events, and assisting members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities with gaining access to information, entertainment, educational opportunities, and more.

To arrange an interview with a working court reporter or captioner, or to learn more about the lucrative and flexible court reporting or captioning professions and the many job opportunities currently available, contact

About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has been 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 14,000 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 traditional four-year degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 7 percent through the year 2028, faster than the projected employment growth across all occupations. According to 247/, the court reporting profession ranks sixth out of 25 careers with the lowest unemployment rate, just 0.7 percent. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at NCRA

About NCRF

As a charitable organization, the Foundation relies almost solely on tax-deductible donations, the majority of which come from NCRA members and associated businesses. To donate, or for information on NCRF’s programs, visit NCRA/, or call 800/272-6272, ext. 126.