CourtReporterEDU.org Scholarship Essay Contest

What can you express in 500 words?

Where do you see a career in court reporting taking you? … Who or what inspired you to want to become a court reporter?

Channel the inspiration that led you to want to become a court reporter into a short essay to clearly express your love of the job – we want to hear your story!

Our staff will review all essays and select one winner each year to receive a $500 scholarship to help make earning a degree or certificate in court reporting a little bit easier.
So, what are you waiting for? Your 500 word essay may very well earn you some much-needed scholarship money!

Scholarship Application

Please Fill Out the Following Information

* Required

First Name *
Last Name *
Age *
Email Address *
Phone Number
Physical Address
Are You Enrolled in School Currently?
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Please Write Your Essay *
300 word minimum, 500 word maximum.

What we’re looking for…

  • What to Write: A personal essay detailing your experiences, aspirations and thoughts on becoming a court reporter
  • What to Remember: The essay should be at least 300 words and no longer than 500 words
  • What You Can Include: Pictures, audio clips and videos can be included along with your essay
  • How We Judge: It’s your own experience you’re descibing so we know it will be totally original, but creativity and candor are also things we appreciate

What we’re giving away…

One winner each year will receive a check for $500.

    What we require…

    To qualify to enter the CourtReporterEDU.org essay contest, you must:

    • Be at least 18 years old (at the time of disbursement)
    • Be a citizen of the United States
    • Be currently enrolled in a court reporting program

    How to spend the money…

    We place no restrictions on how you spend your scholarship money as long as it’s related to your court reporter education and training in some way. Put it towards tuition, books, a new computer used for the program—the choice is yours!

    Your privacy…

    We take your privacy seriously. You never have to worry about us sharing any of your information with third party websites or companies for marketing or any other purposes.

    Application deadline and announcing the winner…

    The window for applying is open from July 1st 2020 – July 1st 2021. We will accept all essays and applications that come in by midnight of July 1st 2021 and announce the winner right here within two weeks of the deadline.

    Official Rules

    PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to (1) any college student pursuing a qualifying degree anywhere in the world (2) who is at least 18 years of age, (3) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx or its equivalent in countries outside the U.S., (4) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (4) who completes the entry form on CourtReporterEDU.org. The contest is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of CourtReporterEDU.org, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

    ENTRY: Entrants must complete the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted. The essay must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. CourtReporterEDU.org may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified. CourtReporterEDU.org reserves the right to verify an applicant’s information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant’s entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

    CLAIMING YOUR AWARD: The winner(s) will be notified by email and/or phone; failure to provide accurate contact information may result in disqualification and if unable to reach a winner within 72 hours, CourtReporterEDU.org may in its discretion award any scholarship to any other contestant. No guarantee of notification is made to applicants who do not win the Scholarship Contest. This scholarship will be awarded to the winner(s) directly.
    No payment will be granted until CourtReporterEDU.org is able to verify with the winner’s institution that all college/university enrollment information (including GPA) is accurate. Winner will be required to submit an official transcript to CourtReporterEDU.org. CourtReporterEDU.org may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the scholarship in the case of a winner’s failure to provide information in a timely fashion if requested by CourtReporterEDU.org or the institution, or if the student’s enrollment lapses for any reason.

    SCHOLARSHIP AWARD; ODDS: Your chances of winning the scholarship competition depend on the number of total entries, the quality of your answer, and how your answer is viewed by the judges from CourtReporterEDU.org. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Awards are provided WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, without limitation. ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED SUBJECT TO THE TERMS, RESTRICTIONS, AND LIMITATIONS. Except as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, no substitution of the scholarship shall be offered and no transfer of the scholarship to a third party is permitted.

    PAYMENT DIRECTIONS: CourtReporterEDU.org will pay the Scholarship Award directly to winner in one lump sum. CourtReporterEDU.org has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. Winners will be responsible for providing a letter of acceptance or enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship Award will be directed, and a signed statement that funds will be used to offset the cost of their eligible college education (tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, and/or room & board). CourtReporterEDU.org has the sole discretion and final word on any issues that may arise around a winner’s eligibility.

    CONDUCT: By registering for this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of CourtReporterEDU.org and the judges that shall be final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules are accessible throughout the Contest Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. CourtReporterEDU.org reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in any manner deemed by CourtReporterEDU.org to be in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by CourtReporterEDU.org to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, COURTREPORTEREDU.ORG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

    LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: CourtReporterEDU.org assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Contest; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof, or; (e) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest or download any materials in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, then CourtReporterEDU.org reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In the event of cancellation, CourtReporterEDU.org will randomly award the prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation.

    PRIVACY: Personal information collected through this promotion is subject to CourtReporterEDU.org’s Privacy Policy. In addition, as a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for CourtReporterEDU.org to make his or her profile publicly available, to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules and to announce the winners online and via other media, and to use the winner’s name and photograph in such announcements without restriction.

    PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), entrants consent to the use of their names, pictures, likenesses, in advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the Internet, by CourtReporterEDU.org, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval. Nothing contained in these Official Rules obligates CourtReporterEDU.org to make use of any of the rights granted herein and winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

    GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTES: This Contest, these Official Rules, and any dispute related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) are governed by the laws of the United States without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action, suit, proceeding or dispute in connection with this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought and resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts of the United States and each entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits, proceedings, or disputes arising out of or related to this Sweepstakes. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

    Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the entrant and any Released Party, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, the prize awarded, or the determination of the winner must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will an entrant be permitted or entitled to obtain an award for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees.

    In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a participant, the participant will be declared to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to CourtReporterEDU.org at the time of initial participation (i.e., registration for the Contest), but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria, otherwise the entry may be disqualified and any potential prize won will be forfeited in CourtReporterEDU.org’s sole discretion. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Potential winner may be required to provide CourtReporterEDU.org with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the applicable e-mail address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to CourtReporterEDU.org’s satisfaction, the entry and individual or individuals may be deemed ineligible at CourtReporterEDU.org’s sole discretion.