Kenyon awards Austin E. Knowlton Scholarships to four students

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GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon College awarded the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship to Chase Frederick, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio; Andrew Kukla, a sophomore from North Royalton, Ohio; Danaye Nixon, a junior from Mount Vernon, Ohio; and Eden Stephey, a first-year from Tiffin, Ohio.

The scholarship is made possible by nearly $400,000 in grants to Kenyon from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation.

“I owe my gratitude to the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation for allowing me to explore mathematics, music and community at Kenyon and in the surrounding areas,” Nixon said. “I thank the Foundation for helping me to have the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time, taking my studies to Dublin, Ireland, next semester.”

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was formed in honor of the late “Dutch” Knowlton, the owner and chairman of Knowlton Construction Company started in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Knowlton was responsible for more than 600 construction projects throughout the Midwest, including college and university buildings, hospitals and libraries. He also was a founding partner of the Cincinnati Bengals and a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s.

The Knowlton Scholarship at Kenyon supports students from Ohio interested in majoring in mathematics or a related field.

Frederick, a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, plans to major in physics. Kukla plans to major in mathematics and works with Kenyon’s athletics department to track statistics for soccer, football, volleyball, field hockey and basketball games. Nixon, a mathematics major, is involved in Kenyon’s music department, plays in the Knox County Symphony, and volunteers at a variety of places in Knox County, including at Wiggin Street Elementary and East Knox High School. Stephey is interested in mathematics and religious studies and is involved with Kenyon’s dance team and the Kenyon Collegian, Kenyon’s student newspaper.