The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has established the Andre Bibeau Scholarship for Veteran Watchmaking Students to assist veterans pursuing a career in watchmaking.
Any student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the United States and is a veteran is eligible for the Andre Bibeau Scholarship. Prospective students may also apply, with the understanding that the scholarship is contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school.
The scholarship will be awarded every April with awards up to $5,000 available. Veterans interested in applying can find information on HSNY’s website.
Pvt. Andre L. Bibeau (1925 – 2016) was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Infantry and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In 1943 he was assigned to the 141st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Meade, MD, and was deployed to the Italian front as a private. He was wounded twice in Italy and subsequently awarded the Purple Heart.
Upon leaving the Army, Andre Bibeau (pictured above) attended the Bulova School of Watchmaking in New York. After graduating from the Bulova School, Bibeau opened his own successful watch repair business until he retired at age 75. The Andre Bibeau Scholarship is made possible by a donation from Maj. Michelle A. Cunningham and Aaron M. Cunningham.
“As a military family we have seen firsthand the fundamental importance of veterans having meaningful careers,” said Aaron M. Cunningham. “We are thankful that the Horological Society of New York shares our goal of helping veterans pursue their passion after their service has finished.”