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Dana Kelly from Jersey City awarded a $500 scholarship

Dana KellyRESTON, 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 Dana Kelly from Jersey City, N.J., a student at Plaza College, Forest Hills, N.Y., 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.

Kelly, who is currently writing at 120 words per minute, expects to graduate in April 2022. Her goal is to work as a grand jury court reporter or a freelance court reporter. She said she learned about the court reporting profession from her mother who works in the field.

“This scholarship will help with any extra resources I may need to further my education,” Kelly said. <fix paragraph>“Receiving this scholarship has helped me see how far I’ve come starting from the A to Z program and has motivated me to see what the future looks likes like. My future is so bright and I’m super excited for this journey,” she added.

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

To be eligible to apply for the NCRA A to Z Scholarship, students must meet the criteria below:

  • 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.



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 16,000 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, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit




Annemarie Roketenetz
National Court Reporters Association
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