Please join RoundTable Trading in congratulating the recipients of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) 2020 college scholarships! The winners are Abigail Zechman of Clermont, FL; and Colin Feitl from Hebron, KY.
Both Abigail and Colin will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at the institution of their choice.
“The annual scholarship is an opportunity for the American Numismatic Association to expand on its core mission of education through higher learning,” said Rod Gillis, ANA education director.
“There were many qualified candidates but the commitment of these two young people to numismatics is unparalleled. We are most proud of their accomplishments and are happy to help with their educational endeavors.”
Both recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years.
Abby Zechman has been collecting for eight and a half years and her interests have narrowed to Large cents and “Red Books”.
“I am 12 books short of a full data set of ‘Red Books,’ and I enjoy picking up raw Large cents when I find one that catches my eye at a show,” said Zechman. “I am assembling a date set collection of Large cents in nice condition, however, I am always drawn to old, beat up or counter stamped coppers – they have more of a story.”
Zechman has already earned half of her Associate of Arts degree at Lake Sumter State College. She plans to finish her degree before transferring to the University of Central Florida to complete her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Upon graduation, Zechman intends to use her degree to work for the American Numismatic Association.
“I want to work in the education department teaching kids and others about numismatics,” she said. “I have always had a passion for teaching and the ANA has had a huge impact on my life. I want to be part of that for future collectors and help keep our hobby alive.”
The second scholarship recipient, Colin Feitl, has been collecting since he was a toddler – picking up coins wherever he found them – the beach, parking lot, sidewalks, and more. In sixth grade, he went to his first coin show and formally started several collections from there.
Colin Feitl, the second college scholarship recipient, has been collecting since he was a toddler. Wherever he found coins, Feitl would pick them up, whether it was at the beach, a parking lot, or sidewalks. Feitl attended his first coin show during the sixth grade and began several collections shortly after.
Feitl plans to study media informatics and business at Northern Kentucky University.
During college, Feitl plans to return to Summer Seminar and attend the World’s Fair of Money. He also remains active in his local Cincinnati Numismatic Association.
“I also hope to get a decent job someday to allow me to grow my collections,” he said. Feitl currently collects Morgan dollars, Ancient Roman Empire coins, and modern Asian coins.
“Thanks to all who made this scholarship possible,” Feitl said. Once I delved into learning about numismatics, I just kept finding how much more there is to learn. I know most people my age are interested in money to be able to spend it but none who are interested in numismatics. I feel passionate about keeping the interest in the hobby and history of numismatics alive for the next generation so that it is not forgotten.”
Please join the members of RoundTable Trading in congratulating Abigail Zechman and Colin Feitl!
Applications for the 2021 ANA College Scholarship will be available in January. Recipients are selected based on an academic scholarship, numismatic accomplishments, and financial need.
All applicants must be a senior in high school and a member of the American Numismatic Association.
For additional information on the ANA scholarships, contact Rod Gillis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (719) 482-9845.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of educational and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call (719) 632-2646 or visit money.org.