Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

Austin E Knowlton

Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship

The , which supports students from Ohio, was established at Ƶ in 2019. The scholarship provides aid annually over four years with preference given to those who are interested in majoring in STEM or a STEM related field. The scholarship continues each year as long as the recipient remains in good academic standing at Thomas More. To be considered for the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship, please contact the Office of Thomas More University at 859.344.3332 or

Austin E. “Dutch” Knowlton

Pioneer. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist.

Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Austin E. Knowlton helped build and shape thriving communities. Knowlton was the owner and chairman of the Knowlton Construction Company, an organization started in Bellefontaine, Ohio, in 1937, which was responsible for more than 600 significant construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest. As an avid sportsman, he was an original founding partner of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as chairman. He also held a major ownership interest in the Cincinnati Reds for many years.

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 in architectural engineering. As a philanthropist, Knowlton was a benefactor of the Ohio State School of Architecture, which is named in his honor.

In 1981, inspired by his success made possible by the education he received, Knowlton established his namesake foundation to empower future generations of students and to support the institutions dedicated to educating them. Learn more about projects and programs funded by the foundation under .

Today, through the foundation, Knowlton’s beneficial impact on communities throughout the Midwest continues by helping to prepare future generations of leaders.