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The Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

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Mr. Austin E. Knowlton, also known as “Dutch”, was the owner and Chairman of the Knowlton Construction Company, an organization started in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1937 and whose predecessors dated back to 1906. Mr. Knowlton, through his company, was responsible for over 600 major and significant construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including school buildings, hospitals, libraries and post offices.

Mr. Knowlton was a 1927 graduate of Bellefontaine High School in Logan County, Ohio and The Ohio State University, class of 1931, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. He became an avid sportsman with a 50-year interest in saddle-bred horses, an original founding partnership of 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. 

Mr. Knowlton was a leading philanthropist with 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.

Scholarship Details


The trustees of the Foundation, in carrying out the direction of Knowlton, have established the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship at Urbana University.  The scholarship grants are subject to the following provisions:

  • Applicants must be residents of Ohio, with preference given to residents of Logan County.
  • One scholarship will be reserved for an incoming freshman.
  • Priority shall be given to students who are interested in a career in architecture.

How to Apply:  Application details are available on Urbana University's Scholarships page.   Applications are reviewed annually and should be received by the Office of Advancement prior to May 15 to be considered for the upcoming academic year. Please contact advancement@urbana.edu if you have any questions. 

The scholarship application includes: 

  • A cover letter which outlines the following: why you believe you should be considered, your class rank for the upcoming year, major field of study, aspirations after graduating
  • A resume that should include the following: your address and contact information, high school attended (HS GPA if you are an incoming freshman), your current GPA, accomplishments and collegiate accomplishments, activities, work experience, community involvement.