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Project Steno’s $1,000 Merit Awards Program

NEW: $2,500 Finlayson Fellow Award*

*Details at the bottom of this page.



Each of our two incentives, the 140-in-1 Award and the 225-in-2 Award, pays you $1,000.00. 

How do you qualify?  It’s simple. 

Step 1.  Pre-register with Project Steno.  Return this form within 30 days of starting steno school. This is a required pre-requisite to receiving our $1,000 Merit Awards, so register today!
Download Registration Form (for use by newly enrolled students):  Pre-registration form for Project Steno Award Program – 2022

Step 2.  Respond timely to inquiries from Project Steno.
We take this requirement very seriously!

Step 3.  Pass a 140 wpm test within one year or a 225 wpm test in two years. 

If you achieve a steno speed of 140 words per minute (wpm) within your first year, apply to us and we’ll send you a check for $1,000.00 as a reward for your accomplishment.

Likewise, if you achieve a steno speed of 225 wpm within your first two years, apply to us and we’ll send you another check for $1,000.00.  Rules and specific requirements are explained on the registration form.

Download Award Application (for use only by students who have passed 140 wpm or 225 wpm tests and/or for students applying for the Finlayson Fellow Award):  PS Awards Application

NEW $2,500 Finlayson Fellow Award

The Finlayson Fellowship is made at the discretion of Project Steno in association with the San Antonio Bar Foundation.  

The Finlayson Fellowship will award $2,500 to a court reporting student with an interest and aptitude for a career as a San Antonio legal professional. Fellowships will also be awarded to three law students, three undergraduate students, and a paralegal student.  These “Finlayson Fellows” will form a cohort of eight Fellows who agree to meet monthly (virtual meetings) with San Antonio mentors.

The court reporting student awarded a Finlayson Fellowship must have achieved 225 wpm and must be pursuing a career as a court reporter in the greater San Antonio, TX area, and will be required to participate for one semester in monthly meetings with the Finlayson Fellows as described above.

Finlayson applicants must also complete the San Antonio Bar Foundation Finlayson Fellow form at: