Scholarship Awards

Award and ANA Summer Seminar Description

Important information: This page is about PNNA-funded scholarships to attend the ANA Summer Seminar. Scholarships are also available from the ANA – see their website to apply. Applicants are normally not eligible to receive scholarships in the same year from both sources, however, exceptions may be considered if attending both sessions.

The PNNA offers two full one-session scholarships for an Adult and a YN (Young Numismatist) collector to attend the annual ANA Summer Seminar, held on the campus of The Colorado College in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. There are two one-week sessions each year, typically held in late June or early July. PNNA scholarship details are available on the application form linked below.

Summer Seminar is an opportunity for numismatic scholarship and camaraderie offering students a wide and varied selection of week-long courses suited for anyone from the curious beginner to the most advanced numismatist. The ANA publishes a catalog of the courses available each year.

How to Apply

2020 scholarship application form (PDF file).

This application form may also be available at certain coin shows and club meetings. Summer Seminar class listings are available by contacting ANA or online at the ANA Summer Seminar webpage. Questions can be directed to Danny Bisgaard, 503-588-8162, or email d.bisgaard@comcast.net. The winners are announced at the PNNA spring convention in March or April.

Note: The form was revised in 2019 to clarify various details. For example, each scholarship includes tuition for the class of your choice, a double-occupancy dorm room and the on-campus meal plan. The PNNA also provides an additional $250 of travel expense reimbursement for the YN scholarship recipient. Please be sure to read this important information.

Note: The revised application also clarifies that ages 13 to 17 are considered to be eligible YNs, however the PNNA may consider awarding the YN scholarship to a young collector in the 18-22 age range, as of the first day of the seminar, if there are no qualified younger applicants. Otherwise all applicants age 18 and older will be considered for the adult scholarship.

Applications are due February 15, 2020. Please consider applying in 2020 – the application has been posted (see above)!

Scholarship Award Winners

See a list of Summer Seminar scholarship award winners from 2003 (the first award) to date. There are also links to the post-seminar reports written by the recipients for publication in The Nor’wester. By reading these reports, you can learn a great deal about what to expect at ANA Summer Seminar!

Other PNNA and Club Scholarships

In addition to ANA Summer Seminar, the PNNA may also from time-to-time offer scholarships to other seminars such as the Coin Grading, Problem Coins & Conservation (ANA /PNNA Seminar) held Oct. 18-19, 2018 in Portland, or the 2020 seminar in Tukwila noted below. Specific information is posted when other scholarships are offered. Local coin clubs may sometimes also offer scholarships to regional or national numismatic events.

The 2020 PNNA spring convention will also feature an ANA seminar, Counterfeit Detection Seminar: Classic Fakes & Chinese-made Counterfeits, April 15-16, 2020 in Tukwila, WAApply for a PNNA scholarship to this seminar (Deadline Feb. 22).