Allie Hall, a member on the page, suggested we all start practicing an extra 15 minutes for Michelle when she was hospitalized as a show of solidarity and support. Michelle practiced on her writer up until two weeks before we lost her on May 11, 2017. It was truly incredible to watch her desire and will to improve her skills even when her health was failing. Rich Germosen, FAPR, RDR, CRR

Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant

This grant is offered through the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).


New professionals must meet the eligibility requirements and submit the completed documentation listed below to qualify for the grant. New professionals who have passed the RSR and RPR certifications are encouraged to apply for the annual award, which is worth $1,000.



“Michelle Grimes was a stenographer from Illinois on the 100-day practice group on Facebook. At times we will share things sort of as a family on the practice page. One day in 2017, Michelle posted on the page that she had cancer. She was going through treatment all while still practicing.

For the past few years since we lost Michelle, a group of us practice an extra 15 minutes per day for 100 days before the Contest. The Contest is our day 100/100 and the Contest is our practice for the day.

I dedicated my 2017 second place medal in the Realtime Contest to Michelle that year. I know I wouldn't have been able to do it without that extra 15 minutes for Michelle.

This new grant is our way to remember Michelle and her dedication by rededicating ourselves. It was a shock and surprise for this to be created in my honor, but it really is about memorializing Michelle."

Rich Germosen, FAPR, RDR, CRR
Nominations open on May 1, 2023 and close on June 17, 2023.


Grant requirements

Eligibility criteria

The following criteria and documentation must be met and submitted to apply:

  • The applicant must be a current NCRA member.
  • The applicant must have passed EITHER the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification or the Registered Skilled Reporter (RSR) certification.
  • The applicant must be in his/her first two years of reporting with documentation as proof: e.g. agency letter, transcripts with dates.
  • The applicant must be working in any of the three career paths: Judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning.



How to apply

The following documents are required to be submitted for application:

  • Grant application form
  • A letter of recommendation from his/her employer or contracting agency attesting to the applicant's professional demeanor and motivation.
  • An essay (300-500 words) on the topic: "Explain why you believe how the service of court reporting contributes to fair trials, equality, justice, and other legal events".





Donate to the Michelle Grimes Memorial Grant fundraiser

NCRF has also created a Mobile Cause fundraiser in Michelle Grimes memory. This campaign’s success will not only make Michelle Grimes an honorary NCRF Angel but will help contribute to the annual grant that honors her memory.

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For more information on this and other Foundation scholarships, please contact NCRF at