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Student and New Reporter Scholarships

Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship, OCRA Cardinal Foundation Student Scholarship, and Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship

All submissions/nominations for the 2018 scholarships must be received by
5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018





Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship Award

In 1997, OCRA established the OCRA student scholarship award in an effort to encourage students who are currently pursuing their court reporting degree.  This award represents an incentive toward scholastic achievement and future professional development. 

In 2004, the award was renamed in honor of Rosalie Stevens. Rosalie served as a president to both OCRA and the National Court Reporters Association. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the profession was commendable and served as a shining example to future generations of court reporters. 

Each year, OCRA accepts scholarship applications from student members and presents the $500 scholarship award at our annual conference.  In addition, the winner also receives one year of OCRA membership and annual conference registration.

2017 Rosalie Stevens Scholarship Recipient: 
Teresa Nero

The Student Scholarship Committee of the Ohio Court Reporters Association is pleased to announce that Teresa Nero is the recipient of the 2017 Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship Award. 

This year's essay topic was: "What does being a part of the court reporting and captioning profession mean to you? Do you see yourself making an impact to the profession during your upcoming career? If so, in what way?"

Congratulations, Teresa, future court reporter!   

Past Recipients of the Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship

1997: Michelle Lowery 
1998: Tonya Kaiser 
1999: Barbara Good 
2000: Melanie Reinke 
2003: Theresa Hinkle 
2004: Jonelle Rucker 
2005: Robert Green 
2006: Jennie Mauch 
2007: Daniel Cuff 
2008: Cheryl Laubacher 
2009: Janine Hebenthal 
2010: Stacey Mocz 
2011: Heather Wiggans 
2012: Theresa Cox 
2013: Michelle Harper 
2014: Kristina Carmody
2015: Heather Piper
2016: Suzanne Rafferty


OCRA Cardinal Foundation Student Scholarship Award

In 2015, the OCRA Board of Directors recognized the importance of supporting the future of the court reporting and captioning profession and created the OCRA Cardinal Foundation Student Scholarship Award, in addition to the Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship Award. 

Each year, OCRA accepts scholarship applications from student members and routinely awards a second $250 scholarship award at our annual conference.  In addition, the recipient also receives one year of OCRA membership and annual conference registration.

Past Recipients of the OCRA Cardinal Foundation Scholarship

2015:  Angela Allenson
2016:  Blanca Flores Robinson


Student Scholarship(s) Application

Submission of applications by eligible students will be considered for both the Rosalie Stevens Student Scholarship Award and OCRA Cardinal Foundation Student Scholarship Award.

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ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: 

Students who have been actively engaged in the study of court reporting, either in a school or online program, for one year or more. Students must be a member of OCRA and cannot have previously won the award. If applicant is not currently an OCRA member, they may join at any time prior to submission of scholarship application. Applicant must either be a resident of the State of Ohio and/or attending an Ohio-based court reporting program (online or school).   

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

To submit your application for the scholarship please complete the following three steps. All three steps must be completed and received by deadline to be eligible. 

STEP ONE: Personal application (Form A) 

STEP TWO: Nomination form completed by instructor or by any active member of OCRA (Form B).  Applicants must return this completed form with their application materials or have instructor/member send to OCRA separately. If the instructor/member nomination form (Form B) is being sent separately from student's application, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that it is received by OCRA prior to the deadline. 

STEP THREE: Your answered essay (Form C) and any additional information about yourself, such as a resume or letters of support, that you would like to include.  




Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship

Vernon (Vern) C. Steele was a long-time member, former president, and director of the Ohio Court Reporters Association.  He spent his entire 47-year court reporting career in Cincinnati reporting for Hamilton County Common Pleas Judges Thomas Nurre, Kim Burke, and the late Ralph Kohnen.  He held himself to a high standard of excellence and was well respected by his peers.  Vern passed away December 14, 2014.

In memory of Vern Steele, the Ohio Court Reporters Association Cardinal Foundation and Vern's family would like to honor and recognize new reporters in the court reporting and captioning profession with a start-up scholarship to help with expenses.  The scholarship may be awarded each year up to $1,000.

The inaugural Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship Award was awarded on April 23, 2016 during OCRA's 2016 Annual Conference. 

2017 Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship Recipient:  
Michele Harper, RPR

Michelle graduated from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in December 2014.  She obtained her RPR in the spring of 2016 and has greatly improved her realtime writing skills, working toward pursuing the CRR certification.  Michelle is an instructor at Tri-C and is a freelance court reporter in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.

Congratulations, Michelle, on your well-deserved honor of the 2017 Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship $1,000 award.

Past Recipients of the Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship

2016:  Melissa Case, RPR


Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship Application

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ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:

Applicants must be a resident of the State of Ohio and meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the award of the Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship.

    1. The applicant must be a current OCRA member and cannot have previously won this scholarship.
    2. The applicant must have graduated from an NCRA-certified program, or request special consideration for such other graduation/program completion.
    3. The applicant must be in his/her first three years as a working reporter, as verified by an official transcript or verification statement from the court reporting program submitted along with this application.
    4. The applicant must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her employer or contracting agency attesting to the applicant's professional demeanor, attitude, and motivation.
    5. The applicant must be striving to achieve certification, as verified by receipt of registration for a past/upcoming certification test.
    6. The applicant must be working in any of the profession's career paths: judicial (official/freelance), CART captioning, or broadcast captioning.

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

To submit your application for the Vernon C. Steele New Reporter Scholarship, please complete the following steps.  All steps must be completed and received by the deadline to be eligible.           

STEP ONE:  Personal application (Form A)

STEP TWO:  Letter of recommendation completed by employer or contracting agency (Form B).  Applicants must return this completed form with their application materials or have the employer send to OCRA separately.  If the employer recommendation form is being sent separately from application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that it is received by OCRA prior to the deadline.

STEP THREE:  Guarantee submission to OCRA prior to the deadline of all required documentation (court reporting program/graduation verification and certification test registration), as well as any additional information that you would like to include, such as a resume or letters of support.  These items may be emailed to info@ocraonline.com or mailed to the OCRA office.