When Lewis Bass enrolled as a computer student at PC Professor, it was the beginning of his long-lasting impact on our school. As the co-founder of Humana and part-time resident of Palm Beach County, his passion for technology and dedication to quality education were evident throughout his life and business endeavors. As he transitioned from a computer student to a technical repair client, Lewis not only honed his computer skills but also developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by aspiring technology professionals. This knowledge and experience eventually led him to become a member of PC Professor’s Academic Advisory Board; and, for close to three decades, Lewis unselfishly contributed his valuable insights and expertise until his death in 2020 at the age of 99. We thank him profusely for playing a pivotal role in shaping the expansion of the high-tech career classes offered at our school and for helping us help others — both in the past and into the future.
One of the remarkable qualities that set Lewis apart was his unwavering commitment to excellence and exceptional customer service. He firmly believed that understanding the needs of customers was the key to providing the best possible solutions. Whether it was in the realm of technology or any other aspect of life, Lewis emphasized the importance of knowing one’s audience and tailoring services to meet their specific requirements. This customer-centric approach became an integral part of the values upheld by PC Professor, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to guide our institution.
In addition to his involvement in the field of computers, technology and education, Lewis was a fervent philanthropist with a heart dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. He was particularly concerned about those who were unemployed or under-employed. The technical scholarship proudly offered in his name stands as a testament to his generosity and desire to empower those with entrepreneurial potential. Through this scholarship, Lewis sought to support entrepreneurial individuals who showed promise in the realm of computers but faced financial constraints hindering their pursuit of further career training. His awareness of the rising costs of healthcare, coupled with the challenges faced by aspiring professionals, motivated him to help bridge the gap and offer academic scholarship opportunities to those in need.
The legacy of Lewis Bass extends beyond his professional accomplishments; he was a well-rounded individual with a warm and approachable demeanor. Despite his busy schedule, he always found time to bring joy and a smile to others, whether by sharing a lighthearted joke, presenting a thought-provoking riddle, or dazzling young minds with a cool magic trick using a deck of cards he would keep in any of his brightly-colored blazers. His caring and compassionate nature endeared him to everyone he encountered, and his memory lives on as an inspiration to all who pass through the doors of PC Professor.
Today, the Lewis Bass Scholarship serves as a beacon of hope for countless aspiring technical career students, reflecting the values of its namesake — a visionary entrepreneur, a dedicated educator, a customer service perfectionist, a philanthropic friend, and above all, a cherished member of the PC Professor family. As we continue to carry forward his vision and passion, the impact of Lewis Bass on the lives of students and the broader community remains an enduring and invaluable legacy.
The Lewis Bass Scholarship application is entirely online and includes a 500+ word essay detailing the applicant’s career goals and aspirations in the field of IT (Information Technology). Applicants will be required to upload a current resume and disclose earnings, criminal history as well as educational background information. The application is anticipated to take approximately 2 hours to complete and must be done in one continuous session.
Upon submission, each application will be reviewed individually by the PC Professor Advisory Board to consider the candidate’s desire, potential, goals, economic need along with his or her overall ability to benefit from the partial-tuition career training grant. The Lewis Bass Scholarship, along with all events, activities, classes, programs and facilities of PC Professor, is offered and available to all prospective vocational students without regard to race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, sexual preference, disability, age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, physical appearance or veteran status.