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Legally blind since birth, Bernie Newcomb attended Oregon School for the Blind for two years before entering public school in Scio in the third grade. In Scio he was known as Bing. He graduated as valedictorian from Scio High School in 1961 and in 1965 graduated with honors with a B.S. in Business Administration and Technology from the College of Business.
Newcomb was a pioneer in computer systems development with a 32-year career primarily as a software developer and consultant. He was the cofounder of E*Trade and served as vice president of research and development and chief system architect from 1982 to 1997.
In August 1997, Newcomb donated $6.1 million in securities to the College of Business, the largest privately held stock gift in OSU’s history. This gift established the Newcomb Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which benefits College of Business students. Each year Newcomb visits the College of Business to meet with Newcomb scholarship award winners and faculty and staff designated as Newcomb Fellows.
Newcomb also contributed to the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Weatherford Hall, where diner's at Bing’s Café enjoy the benefits of his generous support toward the restoration of this classic campus building.
Who is eligible:
The Newcomb Family Scholarship is available to OSU College of Business students who are either incoming freshmen or transfer students.
When to apply:
The priority deadline is March 1. We will continue to accept applications through March 31, with consideration of applications submitted after March 1 only if funds remain.
Specific amounts vary, but they generally range between $1,000 and $2,000.
Newcomb scholarships are intended to reinforce standards of excellence and to enhance student diversity, both of which contribute to institutional richness and distinction. Newcomb scholarships are awarded based on academic ability, leadership potential and/or the ability to overcome adverse situations.