Scholarship for Watchmaking Students

Most watchmaking schools in the USA are free. Tuition is covered by a sponsoring brand, and usually the only school expense that the students cover are their tools. These schools are full-time two year programs, meaning paying for living expenses can be difficult. This is where the Henry B. Fried Scholarship comes in; the Horological Society of New York wants to help watchmaking students succeed in every way.

Henry Fried instructing students on escapement mechanics. Photo courtesy of the  Brooklyn Public Library—Brooklyn Collection .

Henry Fried instructing students on escapement mechanics. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library—Brooklyn Collection.

Henry B. Fried

Henry B. Fried (1907-1996) was president of the Horological Society of New York, president of the New York State Watchmakers Association, and vice-president of the Horological Institute of America (a precursor to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.) A prolific author, Fried authored 14 books on watchmaking that continue to be in high demand. He was the first American to receive the Silver Medal of the British Horological Institute, and the New York Times described him as “the dean of American watchmakers.” In short, Fried exemplified every value HSNY pursues today.

Eligibility

Any student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the USA is eligible for the Henry B. Fried Scholarship. Prospective students may also apply, with the understanding that the scholarship is contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school. The $10,000 scholarship is awarded every April at the Horological Society of New York's Annual Gala. Multiple scholarships may be awarded.

To apply, students should email a letter in PDF form to the Trustees of the Horological Society of New York that includes a biography, explanation of their motivation to study watchmaking and an explanation of how this scholarship would benefit the applicant. A resume is required, and reference letters are recommended. The application deadline is March 1 of every year.

 

Awardees

2018

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Mark Duckett

Patek Philippe Institute, New York

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Erik Gonzalez

Patek Philippe Institute, New York

 

2017

Justin Shellenberger

Lititz Watch Technicum, Pennsylvania


Exempt from the scholarship are previous awardees, board members, trustees, fellows of the Horological Society of New York, and their family members. For more information, contact us.