Coin Club Gives Currency to Collegiateby Rosalie SpearAs a young and aspiring journalist and college student, I am well aware of the economic hardships that many Americans face today. With the cost of college tuition rising and the expense of books tearing a hole in every student’s pocket, I was extremely grateful to receive a scholarship from the Las Vegas Numismatic Society. I dedicate these graciously given funds to my book expenses every semester. It has helped me out immensely, and I feel very honored to be a recipient of the LVNS Scholarship. Since I was a young girl, my grandparents, Roslyn and Arthur Spear, have been Las Vegas Numismatic Society members. From silver dollars to international coins, my grandparents have always showed me everything they could about their favorite hobby--collecting coins. Numismatics is very interesting as to me it is a representation of history itself. There is a coin for every stitch in time! In about two years when I graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, there will have already been all kinds of historical events marked by different currencies across the globe. I am curious to see what new coins will be around when I start my writing career. If I obtain my dream job of writing and photographing for National Geographic, I would definitely want to write a piece on the history of coins and how LVNS and my grandparents’ passion spiked my interest in them. By receiving this scholarship from LVNS, I have been able to focus on my schoolwork more and stress less about the actual cost of education. I have been very successful so far; I have been on the Dean's List since my first semester of college and also receive the UNLV Excellence Scholarship and the Millennium Scholarship.
Without the aid of LVNS, college would be a very different experience for me. I couldn’t realistically afford to spend hundreds of dollars for textbooks and I would not be able to truly place all of my effort into my schoolwork rather than the cost behind it. I am extremely grateful to receive this scholarship from such a great club that truly values education and America's next generation of leaders. The Las Vegas Numismatic Society provides scholarships for young Nevadan collegiate and numismatic education to the community. LVNS Scholarship recipient, Rosalie Spear, is currently pursuing a Journalism degree at University of Nevada. The club's 50th Anniversary Coin Show is being held at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, 2411 W. Sahara in Las Vegas on Mar 1-3. Admission is $3, but is free to readers who mention this article. For more information visit www.ckshows.com or call 888-330-5188 or 800-208-1810.