Knowlton Scholarship supports first recipient's goal
BLUFFTON, Ohio — Kassandra Chiles wants to teach high school mathematics, and a new Bluffton University scholarship has aided her progress toward that goal this academic year.
The senior from Lakeview, Ohio, is the first Bluffton recipient of the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship, for students interested in majoring in math or a related field.
"This scholarship is an honor to me," said Chiles, a math major seeking adolescent/young adult teaching licensure. "It is another external motivator that reminds me I'm not in this alone — that other people believe in the same dreams as I do."
Established through the Cincinnati-based Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, the scholarship gives special consideration to residents of Logan County, Ohio. Knowlton, a renowned architect who died in 2003, was raised in Bellefontaine, the Logan County seat. If there are no applicants from Logan County in future years, the renewable scholarship will go to an Ohio resident, with preference for a freshman applicant interested in a math or related major.
"It's nice to feel supported in this journey into the math field," added Chiles, who is also considering pursuit of a master's degree in educational administration. "It's not an easy field of study, but it has definitely been worth the struggle."
The Waynesfield-Goshen High School graduate is a Bluffton cheerleader, and cheer captain, as well as a student ambassador and a member of the Bluffton Education Organization and the Ohio Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
Knowlton was a 1931 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering. He was the owner of the Knowlton Construction Co., established in Bellefontaine in 1937. In his lifetime, he designed more than 600 buildings, including more than 160 college and university buildings across Ohio, along with many schools, hospitals, and commercial and government structures.
Knowlton was widely recognized for his philanthropic leadership, including a special interest in supporting education. The Ohio State School of Architecture is named in his honor, and the foundation that he established provided funding for the Knowlton Library in Logan County. Also an avid sportsman, Knowlton was a founding partner and chairman of the board of the Cincinnati Bengals and a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds.
The Knowlton Foundation continues to carry on his interest in supporting higher education.