President Jones Presents Philanthropy Award to the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation

URBANA, Ohio (June 15, 2012) - The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation is the 2012 recipient of the Urbana University Lewis and Jean Moore Philanthropy Award. President Jones made the presentation to Foundation trustees, Charles and Eric Lindberg, on Tuesday, June 12 in the offices of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation in Cincinnati.

Dr. Jones expressed his appreciation to the Foundation’s continuing support of Urbana University with these words of thanks; “The Foundation has enabled us to reach beyond where we were as an institution just four years ago. I believe we share a conviction that a greater purpose lies ahead that will honor the life and memory of Mr. Knowlton permanently and significantly.”

The Lewis and Jean Moore Philanthropy award was established to honor the most impactful University donor in a given fiscal year. The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was the recipient of this honor in 2008, at which time the Knowlton Scholarship Fund was established through the Urbana University Foundation. This year’s recognition is for the fulfillment of the commitment to this endowed scholarship fund, and in gratitude for the Foundation’s additional gift to establish the William G. Edwards Honors Program.

The Foundation made an award of $200,000 to augment the Austin E. Knowlton Scholarship Fund during this same occasion.

Austin E. "Dutch" Knowlton was the owner and chair of the Knowlton Construction Company, an organization started in Bellefontaine, Ohio in 1937 and whose predecessors date back to 1906. Knowlton, through his company, was responsible for over 600 major and significant construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including school buildings, hospitals, and libraries.

Knowlton was a 1927 graduate of Bellefontaine High School and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1931, where he received a Bachelor of Science in architectural engineering. He became an avid sportsman with a 50-year interest in saddle bred horses, an original founding partnership in the Cincinnati Bengals where he served as chairman, a major ownership interest for many years in the Cincinnati Reds, and a trusteeship of the Little Brown Jug Society for harness racing in Delaware, Ohio. Knowlton was also a leading philanthropist for The Ohio State School of Architecture, named in his honor.

During his lifetime, Knowlton established the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation with funding for the Foundation during his lifetime and by the provisions of his will. Purposes of the Foundation include the advancement of higher education and "to provide direct grants and contributions to qualified colleges and universities".

The trustees of the Foundation, in carrying out the direction of Knowlton, have established the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship at Urbana University. Since its establishment, more than 20 deserving students have received scholarship awards to help forward their academic pursuits at Urbana University.

Photo Above, L to R - VP for Institutional Advancement, Mr. Jim Thornton, Urbana University President Dr. Stephen Jones, Knowlton Foundation Trustees Mr. Charles Lindberg and Mr. Eric Lindberg. A portrait of Mr. Austin "Dutch" Knowlton is in the background.

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