Knowlton Foundation endows scholarships

Hanover College has received $400,000 from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Inc. to establish the Austin E. Knowlton Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

The College will award four scholarships annually to outstanding members of the incoming freshman class from Logan County, Ohio, with preference given to high school seniors interested in studying mathematics or a related field.

“We are very grateful to the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Inc. for their generosity in establishing this scholarship,” said President Sue DeWine. “Scholarships like this one are essential for our students to pursue their educational goals. We hope this is the beginning of a long and mutually satisfying relationship.”

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. Through his company, Knowlton isresponsible for more than 600 major and significant construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including school buildings, hospitals, libraries and post offices.

A 1927 graduate of Bellefontaine High School, he was a member of The Ohio State University’s class of 1931, where he received a bachelor of science degree in architectural engineering.

Knowlton was an avid sportsman with a 50-year interest in saddle-bred horses. He helped to found the Cincinnati Bengals in 1967 and served as the National Football League team’s chairman for 20 years. He also was a shareholder in Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s.

He died in 2003 at age 93.

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