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Note: 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.

PNNA Annual Scholarship Awards
All winners receive a scholarship to attend the
ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs.

Year Adult Young Numismatist Link to Reports
2003 Michael Pepka (not awarded)  
2004 Dale Smith ?? 2004 report
2005 Janna Silverstein Matthew Crane 2005 reports
2006 Gawain O'Connor Matthew Crane  
2007 Michael Labosier Owen Gruner 2007 report
2008 Larry Gaye (no applications) 2008 report
2009 Jason Failla Hannah Powell 2009 report in The Nor'wester
2010 Francisco Lazzara (no applications) 2010 report in The Nor'wester
2011 Jesse Torres Aaron Allemann No reports
2012 James Reinders Not awarded because applicant had already received an ANA scholarship. 2012 report in The Nor'wester
2013 Ron Engholm Cannyn Morris 2013 report in The Nor'wester.
2014 Scott McClaine Ermin Chow 2014 report in The Nor'wester.
2015 Ed Fischer Benjamin Mous 2015 report in The Nor'wester.
2016 Alan Franke and Lance Neseman Joshua Smith 2016 report in The Nor'wester.
Note: The PNNA awarded three scholarships in 2016 due to funds received from the disolution of the King County Coin Club. The winners are listed above and were also recognized at the spring convention.
2017 Jason Breedlove Kellen Hoard 2017 report in The Nor'wester.
2018   Benjamin Mous 2018 report in The Nor'wester.

ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship Information:

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 is offering two full one-session scholarships for an Adult and a YN (Young Numismatist) collector to attend the 2019 ANA Summer Seminar, held on the campus of The Colorado College in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. Session I dates are Saturday, June 15, to Thursday, June 20; session II, Saturday, June 22 to Thursday, June 27, 2019. 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.

An application form is available (see below), and will 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 The winners are announced at the PNNA convention in March.

  • 2019 scholarship application form (PDF file).
  • Note: The form was revised for 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.
  • 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 1, 2019, because of the early dates of the Tukwila convention this year. Please consider applying!

Summary Report from 2008 Scholarship Winner Larry Gaye

Are all PNNA members aware of two PNNA scholarships to attend the annual American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs? Two full scholarships are awarded, one to an adult and one to a young numismatist.

As a recipient of a 2008 scholarship I would like to encourage all of you to consider submitting an application for the scholarship. What have you got to loose other than an opportunity of a lifetime to pursue your collecting interest, or investigate a new one? The only requirement once you attend the session of your choice is to write a remembrance of your experience to be published in The Nor’Wester.

In case you are unfamiliar with it, the Summer Seminar is a two week immersion into the many aspects of numismatics taught by the best people in their fields, from digital coin photography to engraving dies.

The two weeks are actually two distinct sessions with totally different curriculum offerings: you can choose what aspect of the hobby you would like to investigate. There are also evening mini-seminars you can add on in case you haven’t had enough numismatics during the daytime sessions.

What a chance for a parent and junior to enjoy numismatics together. The junior programs are very well run, there is never a dull moment and the activities are amazing. A junior can look at collecting, writing articles, running an auction and very many other activities with adult chaperones to guide them along the path.

I hope all of you check out the PNNA site as well as the ANA’s site for information on Summer Seminar.

The application for numismatic nirvana is simple (see above). Check it out, who knows, maybe next year you will be on your way to Colorado Springs!

See link above for Larry's full 2008 scholarship report.