The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has created two new scholarships for minority watchmaking students.
The Benjamin Banneker Scholarship for Black Watchmaking Students and the Oscar Waldan Scholarship for Jewish Watchmaking Students continue a long tradition of HSNY supporting minorities and immigrants to the United States.
The goal of the scholarships is to encourage a stronger and more diverse industry with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, and in turn, advance the art and science of horology.
Applications for both scholarships are open until March 1.
Any black or Jewish student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the USA is eligible.
Prospective students may also apply, with the understanding that the scholarship is contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school. Financial aid is awarded every April with awards up to $5,000 in 2021.
To apply, students should email a letter in PDF form to the Trustees of the Horological Society of New York that includes a biography, an 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.