2021 PCRA Scholarship Program

PCRA to Award Scholarships as a Celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week - February 6-13, 2021

PCRA is pleased to announce that it will again be awarding a $500 scholarship to two lucky students in celebration of Court Reporting & Captioning Week.  Students currently enrolled in a court reporting program in Pennsylvania or a Pennsylvania resident enrolled in an online program are eligible to apply for these scholarships.  Completed applications must be received no later than March 15, 2021.


How to Apply

Student Application Form - Online

Instructor/PCRA Member Nomination Form - Online


All Pennsylvania students who are actively engaged in the study of court reporting are eligible to apply.  Students must be either enrolled in a traditional school setting at Community College of Allegheny County or Luzerne County Community College, or be a Pennsylvania resident attending an online program.  Each applicant shall have completed at least one semester of court reporting school.

Please note an individual may only be awarded the scholarship once.


The deadline for receipt of the application is March 15, 2021.

There are three different components which must be completed. All three must be received by the deadline to be eligible.

  • Submit Student Application & Student Application Essay (Included in Student Application Form above).  You may also include any additional information about yourself, such as a resume or letters of recommendation.
  • Submit Instructor/Member Nomination (to be completed by an instructor or Professional PCRA Member).  This form is to be submitted separately by the instructor/Professional PCRA member. (See link above)

It is the Applicant’s responsibility to see that all three components/forms are submitted to PCRA by March 15, 2021.


The following guidelines will be used to judge applicants:

  • Scholastic accomplishments
  • Student Applicant’s Essay
  • Personal/telephone interview (at the discretion of PCRA Scholarship Committee)


  • The recipient(s) of the award will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500.
  • The recipient(s) of the award shall be notified by April 2, 2021.
  • The announcement of the recipient(s) will be published in the PCRA newsletter and the PCRA website and Facebook pages.  The recipient(s) will be recognized at the next Annual Convention Business Meeting and will be invited to attend the PCRA annual convention on that date as a guest of the PCRA Board of Directors.
  • Recipient(s) will receive a one-year complimentary student membership to PCRA.

PCRA has the final decision regarding the award. At the discretion of PCRA, the award may not be given.


Congratulations to Our 2020 Recipients!

Jennifer M.C. Gale is enrolled at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC).  She is a proud Project Steno student, completed NCRA’s A to Z Program in 2018, and hosts a bi-weekly support group focusing on self-improvement as well as time and stress management.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Ashley Pauline is enrolled at Luzerne County Community College.  She made the Dean’s List in 2018, received the 2020 Court Reporting Honor’s Award, and volunteers at a local animal shelter and for the United Way.

Congratulations, Ashley!


Congratulations to Our 2019 Recipients!

There were 12 applicants and the decision was a difficult one.

Jennifer J. Ferenz of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, currently an online student at the Arlington Career Institute.  Jennifer maintains a 4.0 GPA, while working a full-time job and is currently in the 180/200 wpm speed class.  Jennifer also works as a medical transcriptionist and has transcribed committee hearings for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Ryan Freedman of Scranton, Pennsylvania, currently enrolled in Luzerne County Community College.  Ryan has been a Dean’s list student throughout the program and is currently in the 120 wpm speed class.  Ryan has additional education from the University of Scranton and also works while attending school. 

Congratulations, Ryan!