CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (Dec. 19, 2019) — Thomas More University President Joseph Chillo announced this week that the University received a $100,000 grant from The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, Inc. to support an Austin E. Knowlton Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will provide financial assistance for students in STEM disciplines. 

“Every student that wants to gain a high-quality higher education deserves the assistance to do so,” said President Chillo. “At Thomas More, we believe every student is a gift. Receiving this grant means the institution will be able to give back to our students, providing them with a holistic education while relieving students and their families of financial burden. I am grateful to The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation for this incredible contribution and look forward to fostering this partnership as we look toward our centennial year.”

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was established by Austin E. Knowlton in 1981 and serves to promote and advance higher education in the U.S. and to provide direct grants and contributions to qualified colleges and universities. Thomas More currently has 93 endowed scholarships for students – 94 counting the Austin E. Knowlton Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund. These endowments support more than 142 students at the University. Ninety-nine percent of traditional, full-time students at Thomas More receive institutional scholarship and 100 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid.

Thomas More University provides students with something much more than job training. Graduates are prepared for any career. But they leave prepared for much more. They are exposed to the very best thought, literature, art, and music. They learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth. Most importantly, they have the chance to begin to become the person they were created to be. This is the power of the liberal arts in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Thomas More University. Our students come here looking for more. And that’s exactly what we offer. Here our students take that opportunity and…Make It More. Learn more at


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