Events - Awards and Scholarships

Help NFPA celebrate excellence in the paralegal profession! At the Annual Convention and Policy Meeting in October, NFPA will recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and associations that have made significant contributions to the paralegal profession. NFPA will also award scholarships for paralegal education and certification. Apply today—nominations and scholarship applications are due July 1!

For details on the NFPA awards and scholarships process, including how to nominate somebody for an award, download the 2017 Award Nomination Procedures.

2017 Award and Scholarship Categories

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. Each member association can nominate a candidate for the award.

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

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. Candidates for this award must be members of an NFPA member association or individual sustaining members of NFPA.

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. Anyone can nominate an NFPA member association for this award.

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. Anyone can nominate a candidate for this
award. The candidate need not be a member of NFPA or an NFPA member association.

Certification Ambassador Award - This award recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the PACE and PCCE programs. Any NFPA member association can nominate its Certification Ambassador and association for the award.

PACE and PCCE Scholarships - Sponsored by the Paralegal Education Group, these scholarships cover the costs of a review manual, a PEG online review course and the exam fee for either the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE) or the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam® (PACE).

Download the PACE scholarship application.
Download the PCCE scholarship application.

NFPA/Thomson Reuters Scholarships - These scholarships are awarded to paralegal students and must be used to pursue a paralegal education. This year, two scholarships are available: a first-place scholarship, worth $3,000, and a second-place scholarship, worth $2,000. These will be awarded at the NFPA Annual Convention in October. This is a great way for students to earn scholarship money for their paralegal education—You do not need to be a member of NFPA to apply!

Download the Thomson Reuters Scholarship Application.


2016 Award & Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals:

  • The Thomson Reuters scholarship winners were Tracy Taplin and Jamese Hawkins
  • The PACE scholarship winner was Brittany L. Hayes – Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
  • The PCCE scholarship winner was 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

Congratulations to the following individuals:

  • 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

Congratulations to the following individuals for the awards they received:

  • 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

Congratulations to the following individuals for the awards they received:

  • 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

Congratulations to the following individuals for the awards they received:

  • 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

Congratulations go out to the following: (not listed in any particular order)

  • 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.: o Beth King, RP
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