NorCRID offers three scholarships to members. These scholarships are member-supported. You can also donate to these funds.
The Greg Smith Memorial Fund
The Greg Smith Memorial Fund was set up in 1985 to help NorCRID members during emergencies, usually medical emergencies. It is intended to provide help with basic necessities, such as rent and utilities. The original committee also intended that other assistance could be provided such as transportation or cooked meals. This fund was established in memory of Greg Smith, an interpreter who died of AIDS in 1984 and who received help during his illness from friends in the interpreting community. The fund was proposed by Stephanie Feyne in 1984.
The John McBride Memorial Scholarship
The John McBride Scholarship was established with approval from the board in March of 1997 in memory of John McBride and in recognition of his contributions to the profession. The fund is used to further a practice John himself initiated before his death. Every year John donated a part of his earnings from interpreting at the NorCRID annual conference to pay the conference registration costs for an emerging professional.
Certification Exam Scholarship
The Certification Exam Scholarship Fund provides awards for pre-certified interpreters to take RID performance tests. The award is given as an open-ended loan with the intent that when recipients can afford to, they will repay the fund. The award is not intended solely for those in financial hardship; rather, it is intended as a show of recognition that the recipient has obtained the skills required to sit for the tests.