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Kenyon Awards Scholarship to Mount Vernon Student

December 18, 2015 - 2:42 PM

GAMBIER — Kenyon College awarded the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship to Danaye Nixon of Mount Vernon.

The scholarship is the result of $400,000 in grants to Kenyon from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation.

“Receiving the Knowlton Foundation scholarship had a big impact on my choice to go to Kenyon,” Nixon said. “It allowed me to focus on my education and not worry about how I’m going to pay for college.”

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 was also a founding partner of the Cincinnati Bengals and a minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1970s.

The scholarship at Kenyon is set up to support a student from Ohio interested in majoring in mathematics or a related field.

Nixon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, has not yet declared a major, though she is interested in math. She also plays on the women’s soccer team and plays in the Knox County Symphony.

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