THE 'JOHN ZANDONELLA'  SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a deserving Student (or Students) once a year.



The Deposition Reporters Association of California is awarding scholarship funds to deserving court reporting students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Student member of DRA
  2. California resident
  3. Currently studying to take the California CSR exam, online or in person, and has maintained excellent attendance
  4. 180-and-above speed classes, in qualifier classes or sitting for the California CSR exam.

To be eligible you must be a student member of DRA. If you are currently not a student member of DRA, please apply for membership before continuing with this scholarship application ).  Click here for DRA membership application.

In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration, DRA also requires all of the following documents to be submitted by the deadline:

  1. Online application completed
  2. Personal statement
  3. Copy of official latest school transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation

Please download and fill out the scholarship application form by clicking HERE. All documents are to be delivered via e-mail to the scholarship chair.  Each file must be named with the corresponding content title followed by your name, e.g. Application – John Doe. 
DRA student membership is required to submit this application. 

All required documents are due January 31, 2024.  Incomplete applications or noncompliance of scholarship rules will automatically disqualify applicant.  Being a current DRA student members is a requirement.

Zoom interviews may be conducted and the winners will be announced in February.  The scholarship may be used at the discretion of the recipient for school-related and court reporting-related expenses.  All information will be kept in the strictest confidence within DRA's Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors.

DRA Mission Statement:
CalDRA strives to preserve and enhance the freelance stenographic reporting profession, ensure its integrity, and maintain its high standards and impartiality wherever stenographic services are required. CalDRA is committed to ensuring that the freelance stenographic reporting profession remains a viable and integral part of the legal system