PITTSBURGH-Philip A. Dawson of the North Side, a 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.