Awards and Scholarships

Russell Moore Award

Caucasian man with glasses and blue shirt stands next to caucasian woman with short, curly, blonde hair. Both are holding an award.

Jill Josselson (prior OCRID President) standing with Bruce King (CI/CT, NAD V), a recipient of the Russell Moore Award.


The Russell Moore Award biennially honors a certified OCRID member who emulates Mr. Moore's philosophy and life example of meritorious service to the interpreting profession and to the organization at various levels.


  • Active Certified member in good standing of OCRID and RID for a minimum of 10 years

  • History of service to the organization in various capacities (e.g. Board or committee member) and at various levels (e.g. OCRID, Reg III, and/or RID)

  • Has made contributions to the profession of interpreting (e.g., research, teaching, mentoring, legislation, developing/planning workshops, volunteer work, etc.)

  • Has been active in the Deaf community outside of interpreting

Nominee must accumulate a minimum of 15 points on the Russel Moore Award Matrix to qualify for the award with at least one point being from each of the three levels of service: local, state and regional/national. Nominee may earn more than one point in a category if service took place at different levels or extensive work/service is documented in a particular area.

Please include details such as which leadership position was held and when, the names of articles published and date, number of mentees, titles and dates of workshops taught, etc.

Nomination process

A copy of the nominee's resume or vitae is required. In addition, six accompanying letters of support shall be submitted: two letters of support from RID certified interpreters, two letters of support from deaf or hard of hearing consumers, and two letters of support from individuals who have worked in collaboration with the nominee in service to the profession.

Provisions of the Award

  • The Russell Moore Award Plaque

  • Letter of congratulations from the current OCRID President and Board

  • Payment of RID membership dues for the following year

  • Payment of the conference registration fee, including banquet, for the current year

  • Honorary lifetime membership to OCRID

To learn more about Russell Moore, founder of OCRID, check out our About Us page!

Darlene Jahn Award

Strongly influenced by her Deaf parents, Darlene Jahn's life work was to ensure the highest standard of quality in interpreting which she believed began with certification. Her life illustrated commitment to excellence in the field of interpreting. In honor of Ms. Jahn's contribution to the field of interpreting, OCRID has established an award in her name.


The Darlene Jahn Award annually honors an OCRID/RID member who has given service to the organization and is enhancing his/her professional development with the goal being attainment of certification.


  • Active member in good standing of OCRID and RID for 2 years

  • Given service to OCRID at the local or state level (e.g., Board or committee member)

  • Passed the NIC written test

  • Participates in the deaf community

Nomination process

All nominations must have a cover letter stating the intent to nominate an individual. The letter must be signed by the nominator as well as signed by 10 additional dual members of RID and OCRID.

This award is open to self-nomination.

Nomination Process

A letter describing the nominee's background, involvement in the field, and accomplishments is required; a copy of the nominee's resume and documentation that the nominee is a candidate for the NIC Interview and Performance Test is also required. In addition, four accompanying letters of support shall be submitted; two letters must be from RID certified interpreters and two from deaf or hard of hearing consumers.

Provisions of the Award

  • Framed certificate

  • Letter of congratulations from the current OCRID President and Board

  • A check written in the award recipient's name will be submitted to RID upon receipt of the completed application for the NIC Interview and Performance Test

Sara Paullin Casto Scholarship

Sara Paullin Casto espoused all of the qualities of a true humanitarian, supporting various causes and always encouraging and advocating for interpreters to continue learning, improving, and passing forward/passing on to others. She exuded the attributes of professionalism, sincerity, and honesty.

Sara graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) with a degree in psychology in 1996, and then received an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in interpreting from Columbus State Community College in 1998. Sara worked as Interpreter and Internship Coordinator for the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus. During her tenure there she developed study materials for educational interpreters and mentored countless student and professional interpreters.

In 1999, Sara received the first Darlene Jahn Award from OCRID for serious study and proven achievement in the profession of ASL (American Sign Language)/English Interpretation. Sara's commitment to community service was recognized by OWU when she was selected as a recipient of its Student Humanitarian Award in 1996. After her passing, the OWU award was renamed the Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award for exemplary service to humanity.

Sara believed in giving back to the interpreting community. She was editor of the OCRID Navigator and ISLR’s Signals newsletter. She was webmistress of the OCRID website which received the Outstanding Web Design Award from RID in 2004. OCRID is honored to recognize Sara's contribution to the interpreting profession with the Sara Paullin Casto Scholarship.

This scholarship will be presented to an individual who also espouses those qualities and is willing to 'pass forward' what they learn on their professional journey to other interpreters in the community. The recipient will be awarded full registration to an OCRID State Conference.


Candidates must:

  • be a Certified member of RID

  • have been a member of RID and OCRID in good standing for at least 5 years

Application Process

Candidates should propose a project or activity that will “give back” to the interpreting profession. Submission deadlines will be posted in the monthly E-Nav newsletter prior to the annual conference.

Applicants must submit two documents: a cover letter and a project proposal.

Cover letter must include:

  • A letter describing the applicant's background and involvement in the field, and a description of:

    • How the program will honor Sara's philosophy of service to others; and

    • Why the candidate wants to give back to the interpreting community

  • A copy of the applicant's resume

Project proposal must include:

  • Project summary (statement of the overall goal of the project)

  • Details of the project. This will include a detailed description of how funds will be used to "give back" to the OCRID community. The project/plan needs to be outcomes-based and these outcomes need to be stated clearly in the proposal.

Project/Plan Development and Outcomes

Acceptable uses of scholarship funds, include, but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of materials and equipment useful in a mentoring relationship

  • Materials for participants in a workshop such as books, DVDs, workbooks, handouts, etc.

  • Purchase of project-related equipment such as webcams, software, etc.Acceptable outcomes include, but are not limited to:Creation of a workshop or training opportunity to be presented at an RID or OCRID conference

  • Product such as a brochure, DVD or web page

  • Article published in a professional newsletter or journal

  • Development of a mentoring program

*NOTE: if the applicant is unsure whether a project is suitable for this scholarship, contact the President at for more information.

Project Conclusion

The recipient must submit and/or present a report of the project and outcomes for the OCRID annual business meeting.

Two Sara Paullin Casto Scholarship recipients, Jamie McCartney and Carrie Morgan, produced a DVD, VRS Scenarios for Pre-Service Interpreters. It contains 11 sample vignettes with scripts, two sample interpretations, and a resource document with suggested activities. The DVD may be purchased for $13 which includes shipping! A downloadable order form can be found under Resources. Please contact Jamie McCartney if you have any questions

Provisions of the Scholarship

  • Framed Certificate

  • Letter of congratulations from the current OCRID President and Board

  • Registration to the next State Conference

  • Funds to be awarded to recipient (as determined by the scope of the project). Method of payment to be determined by the Board.

  • Awarded full registration to an OCRID State Conference.