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The Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

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 students must be eligible for regular admissions to Urbana University (2.0 and a 17 ACT or equivalent SAT). and demonstrate high scholastic ability, leadership skills and community service.

  • First preference shall be given to students from Ohio as well as students who are interested in a career in architecture.
  • These scholarships are awarded until funds are exhausted.

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.

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Applications will start being reviewed by April 1. 

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.