Mount St. Joseph University

Knowlton Scholarship hits million-dollar mark

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The College of Mount St. Joseph has received a $400,000 grant from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, increasing the Foundation’s cumulative giving for the Mount’s Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship Fund to $1 million. The scholarship fund was established in 2009. 

“The Mount is grateful for the continued support from the Knowlton Foundation, which will enable our efforts to keep college affordable,” said Tony Aretz, Ph.D., president of the Mount. 

First consideration for the scholarship is given to residents of Logan County, Ohio, who have been accepted to the Mount as a full-time, first-year student.  If there aren’t any applicants from Logan County, a resident of the state of Ohio will be considered.  Among eligible applicants, priority will be given to students interested in pursuing careers related to architecture or design.  The scholarships are renewable for eight consecutive semesters provided the recipient is enrolled full time and is in good academic standing.

“We are really pleased to support the educational efforts of the College of Mount St. Joseph. Its academic values coincide perfectly with those of the Foundation,” said Charles D. Lindberg, trustee of the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation.

Knowlton was a life-long Ohio resident who became a successful businessman, avid sportsman and generous philanthropist. He was the owner and chairman of the Knowlton Construction Company, a business started in 1937 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Through his company, Knowlton was responsible for over 600 major construction projects throughout Ohio and the Midwest, including school buildings, hospitals, and libraries. He established the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation with a goal to advance higher education.

As a sports enthusiast, he had a 50-year interest in saddlebred horses. He was a founding partner and chairman of the Cincinnati Bengals, a major owner for many years of the Cincinnati Reds, and a trustee of the Little Brown Jug Society for harness racing in Delaware, Ohio.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.