Since 1866, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has been working diligently to advance the art and science of horology through its popular educational programs. Its monthly lecture series features world-class experts and is now being recorded as videos for members to watch online. Its award-winning Horological Education classes have taught thousands of students in NYC and in 2016 began touring across the USA. Today, HSNY is introducing the Henry Fried Scholarship, with a goal to increase the number of students studying at full-time watchmaking schools in the USA.
Most watchmaking schools in this country are free. Tuition is covered by a sponsoring brand, and usually the only school expense that the students themselves 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 Fried Scholarship comes in; HSNY wants to help American watchmaking students succeed in every way.
Henry Fried (1907-1996) was president of HSNY, 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 wrote 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.
Any student who has been accepted to or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the USA is eligible for the Henry Fried Scholarship. The scholarship is $5,000, and will be awarded every April at HSNY’s Annual Gala. To apply, students should write a letter to HSNY that includes a brief biography and explanation of his or her motivation for studying watchmaking. The application deadline is March 1 of every year. For more information, visit HSNY’s website.
HODINKEE is a sponsor of the Horological Society of New York.