Change your job, become a court reporter by enrolling with an associate degree
Students of associate degrees in court reporting can easily pay for their education with this grant offered by the National Court Reporters Association
Bored of your job? Does it seem you just sit at your desk all day long without anything too interesting to do? Well then maybe you’d should start thinking about enrolling with an online degree program and get a fresh start in life.
Why aren’t we suggesting an on-campus alternative instead? Well because, you’ll probably want to keep your job while studying with your college degree online (face it, you’ll need the money, they aren’t free) and you won’t have the necessary time.
An online degree program means you can study from home and when it’s more convenient for you. So you’ll be able to juggle both your old life and the new one. Not to mention that with an online degree program you don’t have to pay extra money associated with room and board and travel expenses, which is a very big plus.
Ok, so let’s say you’ve decided to jump onboard with online education. The next question is – what are you to study? Obviously there are plenty of options to choose from and it all depends on your skills, talents and interests.
But we can offer an idea – major in court reporting. Court what? A court reporter is also called the court stenographer is a person whose occupation is to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written form. So if you think you have a knack for deciphering human speech regardless of accent or regional tone, then this job might be exactly what you seek.
Graduates of a court reporting degree are educated for interesting and challenging positions of responsibility and trust as official, freelance or legislative reporters. And the good news is that you don’t have to enroll into a four-year program (bachelor) in order to become a court reporter. An associate degree is more than enough. It’s also a lot cheaper. But that doesn’t mean you won’t need help paying for college.
Enter scholarships! There are so many funding programs these days, and guess what…there is even one for students pursuing careers in court reporting.
The Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the National Court Reporters Association and is worth $2,000. How can you get in possession of the funds?
Well first off you need to be a current NCRA student member. Unfortunately to join the NCRA you’ll have to pay a fee of $46/a year, if you are a student.
With that out of the way, here’s the rest of the requirements. You will have to be in an NCRA-approved court reporting degree and have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
All candidates have to be able to demonstrate desirable qualities in a professional court reported including professional attitude, demeanor, dress and motivation.
The Frank Sarli Memorial Scholarship is not the only scholarship offered by the NCRA. Students court reporters can also apply for the Robert H. Clark Scholarship which offers the same $2,000 to a lucky winner. The eligibility criteria is also very similar.