CCAC Court Reporting students receive prestigious scholarships

Article by: CCAC Public Relations


PITTSBURGH-Philip A. Dawson of the North Side, Philip A. Dawsona recent graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County's Court Reporting program, is the top winner of the 2019 CASE (Council on Approved Student Education) Student Scholarship. The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) chose the awardees based on their winning entries in an essay writing contest. Dawson, who received the largest scholarship, at $1,500, is the only student from Pennsylvania and only one of five in the U.S. and Canada to receive the award. CCAC Court Reporting student Jennifer Gale is a recipient of the first NCRA A to Z™ Scholarship.

To be eligible to apply for the CASE Student Scholarship, students must attend an NCRA-approved court reporting program, hold a student membership in NCRA, have an exemplary academic record and pass one skills test writing at between 140 and 180 words per minute. Students are also required to submit a speed verification form and an essay in response to the following topic: Describe the importance of earning your Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification as a new professional.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the CASE Student Scholarship. My training as a court reporter has been a life-changing experience," said Dawson. "The teachers and reporters I have met along the way have been truly great people that earnestly want me to succeed, and I am grateful for their support. This scholarship is a tremendous help to me and my family, as it will aide in the transition from school to my new career as a court reporter."

Dawson graduated in May and has been freelancing and interning with an agency that has court reporting positions all over the country and the world. He is hoping to move and obtain one of those positions by the end of the year.

NCRA A to Z™ scholarships in the amount of $500 were awarded to 10 students, with Gale the only winner from Pennsylvania. To be eligible, students must have completed an A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand course, be enrolled in a court reporting program, have an exemplary academic record and pass one skills test writing 60-100 words per minute at the time of submission.

To learn more about CCAC's Court Reporting program, contact Mary Beth Johnson at


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