NePA CP Scholarship
To encourage and assist men and women in their pursuit to obtain the Certified Paralegal (CP) designation.
The Selection Committee shall consist of the CP/ACP Scholarship Committee Chairperson ("Chairperson"), the Nebraska Paralegal Association (herein "NePA") president and one or more NePA members, including, but not limited to, the past CP and/or ACP Scholarship recipient(s).
Applicant and Eligibility Requirements
The following criteria must be met in order to apply for the scholarship:
CP Scholarship Funds
The scholarship may be used to cover only the following approved expenses, up to the amount of the available scholarship:
In the event that the recipient needs to retake a section of the Exam, remaining awarded scholarship funds may be used to pay for those retake session fees provided the expenses are incurred and requested prior to the end of the fiscal year of the scholarship award (currently August 31).
In the event that additional materials or courses that are not listed above are needed, a formal request for approval must be submitted for review by the Committee prior to any reimbursement request submissions.
The scholarship is not retroactive. The applicant will not be reimbursed for the above items if the scholarship is awarded after the applicant has already completed the certification exam and merely wishes to be reimbursed for their past expenditures. Any unused scholarship funds are uncollectable and will remain in the treasury of NePA.
Amount of CP Scholarship
The scholarship amount shall be recommended annually to the Board of Directors by the Scholarship Committee based on available budgeted funds and submitted to the membership for vote, and as of October 2014, is $925.
CP Scholarship Application Procedure
Each applicant shall complete the following procedures to apply for the scholarship:
A personal interview may be required at the discretion of the CP/ACP Scholarship Committee.
CP Scholarship Criteria
Applications submitted will be judged based on the following criteria:
Current members of the CP/ACP Scholarship Committee are not eligible for the NePA CP Scholarship.
CP Scholarship Application Deadline
The submission of a CP Scholarship application to the CP/ACP Scholarship Committee shall be postmarked on or before August 1, of each year and mailed to:
Any application postmarked after the scholarship application deadline will be disqualified.
In lieu of hard copies via U.S. mail, application materials may be sent as attachments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received before midnight on August 1. All email submissions will be acknowledged by a return email. Please note that email is the preferred format for submissions.
Notification of the CP Scholarship Award and Announcement
Announcement of the CP Scholarship award shall be made in writing to the recipient no later than thirty (30) working days following the scholarship application deadline. Applicants not awarded a scholarship shall receive written notice of the same no later than thirty (30) days following the scholarship application deadline. Public recognition and announcement of the recipient's name shall be made at the NePA District Luncheon Meetings immediately following the selection of the recipient, at the NePA Recognition Breakfast, and at the General Membership Meeting.
Payment of Scholarship
Payment of the scholarship award may be made directly to the course of study, the study course materials, or the National Association of Legal Assistants for payment toward the application fees for sitting for the CP exam OR directly to the scholarship recipient with proper verification of expenses (original receipts will be required). When possible, the scholarship recipient should hold all reimbursement requests for a one-time formal submission to the Chairperson, using the NePA approved reimbursement form, which can be obtained from the Chairperson or the NePA website. Disbursements/reimbursements will not be made before October 1 and must be completed by September 1, so as to coincide with the NePA fiscal year.
Inability of Winner to Accept CP Scholarship Award
In the event a winner is unable to accept the CP Scholarship award, said scholarship award shall go to the next highest finalist. If there is none, then the funds shall be returned to the treasury of NePA.
Progress Reports of Recipients
The Chairperson will present periodic reports on the progress of the CP Scholarship recipient to NePA's Board of Directors. It is recommended that the Chairperson continue to maintain personal contact with the scholarship recipient.
In addition, the recipient will be required to give status updates.
Service to NePA
The recipient will automatically become a member of the CP/ACP Scholarship Committee in the fiscal year following the awarding of the scholarship.
Selection of scholarship recipient shall be made without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or marital status.