Student Section

Court reporting and captioning students represent the future of the profession, and ILCRA wants to help our students be the very best reporters in the nation! If you are a current reporting student or considering a career in court reporting, this page features information that may be helpful as you embark on this exciting career opportunity!
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Other Information for Current or Prospective Students
ILCRA Student Mentoring Program   Student Mentoring Program
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Financial Aid Sites for Students
Below are sources of financial aid. These links are not associated with ILCRA and are provided only as a resource.
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1. ILCRA is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship to one outstanding student per year and a $500 and $300 scholarship for two other students.  For details and deadlines, please download the nomination form below and send it to ILCRA by September 10, 2023.

2023 ILCRA Student Scholarship Application

2. ILCRA has also been fortunate to have a new second $1,000 scholarship that was created in 2023.  The Seymour Wolfe Scholarship was created to assist one stenographic court reporting student who is committed to the profession and has a passion for giving back. 

This scholarship is funded by generous donations from the Wolfe Family, Muriel Wolfe, Melinda Wolfe-Inadomi and Lise-Wolfe Adam, as well as the family of Fred Rosenberg.

Seymour was a dedicated and generous person with his time, finances, and leadership to help make the profession great for all students, reporters, captioners, teachers and all that are in our profession.  He was a lifetime member of ILCRA and served as a leader for the association many times.

Attached is the 2023 Seymour Wolfe Scholarship Application form.  Please send this to all stenographic court reporting students who may be in need of financial assistance.

2023 Seymour Wolfe Scholarship Application