Events - Awards and Scholarships

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Nomination and application forms are due by July 1, 2019.

William R. Robie Leadership Award - This award recognizes an NFPA member in honor of the Honorable William R. Robie and his dedication to the paralegal profession, the expansion of the delivery of legal services and equal access to justice for all Americans. 

Outstanding Local Leader Award - This award recognizes an individual NFPA member for outstanding local leadership contributions to his or her local association.

Paralegal of the Year Award - This award recognizes an individual NFPA member whose on-the-job achievements have contributed to expansion of the paralegal profession, including contributions to his or her employer, colleagues and the paralegal profession in general.

Association Pro Bono Award - This award recognizes an NFPA member association that has exhibited outstanding dedication and service in the area of pro bono services.

Individual Pro Bono Award - This award recognizes an individual paralegal who has exhibited extraordinary dedication to the delivery of quality legal services to a portion of the population that cannot afford to pay for legal services.

Justice Champion Award - This award recognizes a practicing paralegal whose conduct, actions and activities demonstrate extraordinary dedication to diversity and inclusion as defined in NFPA's Position Statement on Diversity.

Certification Ambassador Award - This award recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the PACE and PCCE programs. This award is sponsored by the Advanced Paralegal Institute (API).

PCCE Scholarship - This scholarship covers the costs of a review manual, an online review course, and the exam fee for the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE) . This scholarship is sponsored by the Paralegal Education Group (PEG).

Thomson Reuters Student Scholarships - In partnership with Thomson Reuters, NFPA will award two scholarships to paralegal students in the United States. The first place recipient will receive $3,000 and the second place recipient will receive $2,000; both scholarships will be paid directly to the students’ schools. Recipients will also receive complimentary registration and a $1,000 travel stipend to attend the NFPA Annual Convention.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship - Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is offering a scholarship to help aspiring paralegals who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams. Applicants must be enrolled in any paralegal education program for the 2019 spring, summer, winter or fall semester of classes. The scholarship will award $1,000 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee. Note: The application for this scholarship is separate from the other NFPA scholarships and awards. Click here to access the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship application.


2018 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • Thomson Reuters Scholarships - Alexandra Settles and Savannah Lopez
  • PACE Scholarship - Becky Kerstetter, Cleveland Association of Paralegals
  • Certification Ambassador Award - Tina Johnson, RP, MnCP, Minnesota Paralegal Association
  • Association Pro Bono Award - Minnesota Paralegal Association
  • Outstanding Local Leader Award - Wendy Otto, RP, Washington State Paralegal Association
  • Paralegal of the Year Award - Theda M. Yandell, RP, Washington State Paralegal Association
  • Justice Champion Award - Sonjanita Jordan, New Orleans Paralegal Association
  • William R. Robie Award - Brenda Cothary, Washington State Paralegal Association

2017 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • Thomson Reuters Scholarships - Elizabeth Valez Urie and Kajal Patel
  • PACE Scholarship - Jessica Kubiak - Cleveland Association of Paralegals
  • Certification Ambassador Award – Angela Woodlee, RP - Indiana Paralegal Association
  • Association Pro Bono Award - Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
  • Individual Pro Bono Award – Dardanel E. Robinson - Oregon Paralegal Association
  • Outstanding Local Leader Award – Leah M. Aldred, RP®, OCP - Oregon Paralegal Association           
  • Paralegal of the Year Award –KaTina Whitfield, ALP, CRP - Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • William R. Robie Award – John Goudie, AACP - Paralegal Association of Wisconsin

2016 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • Thomson Reuters Scholarships – Tracy Taplin and Jamese Hawkins
  • PACE Scholarship – Brittany L. Hayes – Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
  • PCCE Scholarship – Kimberly P. Morton – National Capital Area Paralegal Association
  • Certification Ambassador Award – Kristy Geron, RP – Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • Association Pro Bono Award - Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • Individual Pro Bono Award – Angela Wilson - Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • Outstanding Local Leader Award – Sabrina D. Henry – Georgia Association of Paralegals
  • Paralegal of the Year Award – Janet Wilson Williams, RP – Georgia Association of Paralegals
  • William R. Robie Award – Christine M. Flynn, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals

2015 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • The Thomson Reuters scholarship winners were Aurora Hood and Nancy Brooks
  • The PACE scholarship winner was Fatima Mahmud
  • The PCCE scholarship winner was Stephanie Jackson
  • Certification Ambassador Award - Linda Odermott, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
  • Association Pro Bono Award - Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • Individual Pro Bono Award - Linda Teater - Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
  • Outstanding Local Leader Award - Beth King, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
  • Paralegal of the Year Award - Joyce Kent, RP - Oregon Paralegal Association
  • William R. Robie Award - Kathleen Miller, RP- Oregon Paralegal Association

2014 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • NFPA Certification Ambassador Award, Janet Williams, RP, Georgia Association of Paralegals
  • NFPA PACE Scholarship, Becky Reedy, NJCP, South Jersey Paralegal Association
  • NFPA PCCE Scholarship, Noreen Messmer, Pa.C.P., Montgomery County Paralegal Association
  • Individual Pro Bono Award, Risa Burgess, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • NFPA Association Pro Bono Award, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • Thomson Reuters/NFPA $3,000 scholarship, Farah Perez, Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
  • Thomson Reuters/NFPA $2,000 scholarship, Robert A. Harty, Jr., Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
  • NFPA Paralegal of the Year, James Hills, Department of the Navy
  • NFPA Outstanding Local Leader, Cynthia Minchillo, RP, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
  • NFPA William R. Robie Award, Judy Stouffer, RP, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals

2013 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • William R. Robie Award: Debra Hindin-King, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Assocation
  • Outstanding Local Leader: Vivian Luckiewicz, RP, Pa.C.P, NJCP, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
  • Paralegal of the Year: Asa Rubman, CRP, Department of the Navy, Washington State Paralegal Association
  • Certification Ambassador of the Year: Michael Wallace, RP, New Haven County Association of Paralegals
  • Association Pro Bono: Tampa Bay Paralegal Association
  • Individual Pro Bono:  Ginny Lee, Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association
  • Thomson Reuters Scholarships: Luanne Anderson and Nataly Nguyen

2012 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • Robie Award - Edna Wallace, RP (Indiana Paralegal Association)
  • Outstanding Local Leader - Mianne Besser (Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association)
  • Paralegal of the Year - Kim Major (Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association)
  • Certification Ambassador of the Year - Vivian Luckiewicz, RP, PaCP (Philadelphia Association of Paralegals)
  • Individual Pro Bono - Kristen Mattes (Vermont Paralegal Organization)
  • Thomson Reuters Scholarships: Melissa Jurik and Caitlin Griffin

2011 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • Michael Wallace, RP, winner of the 2011 PACE Ambassador Award
  • RoxAnn Mack, winner of the 2011 Individual Pro Bono Award sponsored by Kroll Ontrack
  • Cleveland Association of Paralegals, winner of the 2011 Association Pro Bono Award sponsored by Kroll Ontrack
  • Mary K. Hanson, winner of the 2011 Thomson Reuters/NFPA Scholarship ($3,000)
  • Austin Brian Prendergast, winner of the 2011 Thomson Reuters/NFPA Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Mariela Evora Cawthon, winner of the 2011 Paralegal of the Year Award
  • Colette A. Lemke, winner of the 2011 Outstanding Local Leader Award
  • Michele Boerder, winner of the 2011 William R. Robie Award

2010 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • NFPA / Thomson Reuters Scholarships  - sponsored by Thomson Reuters:
    • $3,000 winner Melissa Solomon
    • $2,000 winner Jessica Giraldo
  • Association Pro Bono Publico Award:
  • Individual Pro Bono Award Publico Award: Teresa Scharf of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
  • Outstanding Local Leadership Award: Wayne D. Akin of the Oregon Paralegal Association
  • NFPA Paralegal of the Year: Michele M. Davis, CP of the Oregon Paralegal Association
  • PACE Ambassador Award: Natalie Nelson Sander, RP® of the Oregon Paralegal Association
  • PACE Scholarship: Sharie T. Walerstein of the Capital District Paralegal Association
  • The Hon. William R. Robie Award: Diane Thompson, CP, RP® of the Oregon Paralegal Association

2009 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • NFPA / Thomson Reuters Scholarships - sponsored by Thomson Reuters
    • Susan Heather Witte
    • Jamie Kurtis - Essay
  • Association Pro Bono Publico Award: Philadelphia Association of Paralegals
  • Individual Pro Bono Award Publico Award: Beth Wilkins
  • Local Outstanding Leadership Award: Patricia Gagnon, RP®
  • NFPA Paralegal of the Year - sponsored by CT Corp.: Debra Hindin-King
  • PACE Ambassador Award - sponsored by Altep: Michael P. Wallace, RP®, CCPA
  • PACE Scholarship - sponsored by Pearson: Kelley D. Kolibaba
  • The Hon. William R. Robie Award - sponsored by CT Corp.: S. Kristine Farmer, RP®

2008 Award & Scholarship Winners

  • NFPA / Thomson West Scholarships - sponsored by Thomson West
    • Kathleen Noland
    • Laverne Scott
  • Individual Pro Bono Award Publico Award: Joanne Randa
  • Local Outstanding Leadership Award: Renee Mazzeo
  • NFPA Paralegal of the Year - sponsored by CT Corp.: Cynthia Quinn
  • PACE Ambassador Award - sponsored by Altep: K. Paezle-Harris
  • PACE Scholarship - sponsored by Pearson Publishing: Georgette Neal
  • The Hon. William R. Robie Award - sponsored by CT Corp.: Beth King, RP
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