Local Focus: Champaign County for June 18

Foundation wins philanthropy honor

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was named the recipient of the Urbana University Lewis and Jean Moore Philanthropy Award this month.

The philanthropy award was established to honor the university donor who had the greatest impact in a given fiscal year.

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was the recipient of the award in 2008 as well, when the Knowlton Scholarship Fund was established through the Urbana University Foundation. This year’s recognition was because the foundation fulfilled its commitment to the scholarship fund.

The foundation also made a gift to establish the William G. Edwards Honors Program.

Austin E. Knowlton started the Knowlton Construction Company, based in Bellefontaine, in 1937. Knowlton and his company were responsible for more than 600 construction projects throughout Ohio, including school buildings, hospitals and libraries. STAFF REPORT

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