Cynthia Viau from New York City awarded a $500 scholarship

Cynthia Viau

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 Cynthia Viau from New York City, N.Y., a student at Plaza College in 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.

Viau is currently writing at 120 words per minute and expects to graduate in 2022. She currently works as a court interpreter and plans to transition into the court reporting profession.

“I learned about court reporting through working reporters in criminal court,” she said. “This my second career and this scholarship will help pay for my final semester since I exhausted my student loans from my initial studies,” Viau added.

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.