Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship
The Next Generation of Philatelic Leaders
The YPLF program connects young stamp collectors between the ages of 16 and 24 with knowledgeable philatelic leaders and access to unique learning experiences.
What is YPLF?
The Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program was founded by the American Philatelic Society in 2009 to identify and support the best and brightest aspiring philatelists. The program coordinates and funds transportation to, lodging during, and activities at; APS national shows, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the American Philatelic Center for enthusiastic young collectors between the ages of 16 and 24. Additionally, YPLF connects participating Fellows with seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers, and dealers to expand their perspectives and exposure in the philatelic world.
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Who can apply?
All young adult philatelists between the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age but may not be older than 24 as of August 1st of the application year. YPLF Class activities begin in August of the application year and run through the following August.
How do I apply?
Complete an application form, write an essay, and obtain two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be postmarked by May 15th and should be sent to: American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA, 16823.
I know someone who would be a great Fellow, how can I recommend them?
If you know a young adult philatelist between the ages of 16 – 24 that you believe would be interested in hearing more about the program, recommend them by completing this online form.
What is the cost of the program?
Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for each Fellow are paid for by the American Philatelic Society to enable Fellows to attend YPLF activities at no cost to them. A meal stipend is provided for an accompanying parent or guardian (for Fellows who are not yet 18 years old). Members of the Society donate funds to the YPLF program and without their generous support; the program would not be possible.
Young Stamp Collectors of America
A Virtual Stamp Club for Young Collectors
Young Stamp Collectors of America (YSCA) is a division of the American Philatelic Society created to promote the hobby of stamp collecting to young people between the ages of 6 – 17.
YSCA Membership Includes:
A monthly eNewsletter - A colorful e-newsletter is sent quarterly filled with articles, how-to's, collecting basics, activities, stamp offers, and more!
Virtual Monthly Meetings - Chat with fellow members from many areas of the United States.
YSCA Members Only Area - YSCA members can log-in and view special messages, archives of past eNewsletters, collecting tips, and more!
Treasure Package - New members receive a treasure package of philatelic materials and collecting information.
Regular Membership - Open to any person of good character between the ages of 6 and 17.
Cost: $10 per year
Family Membership available.
Cost: $15/household per year
Supporting Membership - Adult collectors interested in showing their support for youth philately are welcome to join as Supporting Members. We invite them to offer advice, share financial and in-kind donations, and participate in volunteer opportunities at the American Philatelic Center and at the APS annual shows. Adult members receive the YSCA e-newletter and other important information throughout the year.
Cost: $20 per year