New gift increases Knowlton scholarship endowment to $400,000

Begun in 2012 with $100,000, fund will now support four student scholarships

21 February, 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation has given The College of Wooster $200,000 to endow two more Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarships, bringing the foundation's total gift since establishing the scholarship fund in 2012 to $400,000.

Each Knowlton scholarship provides a first-year Wooster student with an award of approximately $5,000, renewable for all four years of study. The first two Knowlton scholarships were awarded this year and the foundation's latest gift will allow two more first-year students to receive scholarships next fall.

The Knowlton scholarship is designed to support students who are residents of Logan County, Ohio, with preference given to those interested in majoring in mathematics or a related field. Absent an admitted student from Logan County, the scholarship may be awarded to a student from another area of Ohio.

Austin E. Knowlton was the owner and chairman of the Knowlton Construction Company of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Under his leadership, the company was responsible for more than 600 major construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including school buildings, hospitals, libraries, and post offices. Knowlton earned his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from The Ohio State University in 1931, and the university's Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture is named in his honor.

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.