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Thomas More Awarded $100,000 Grant to Support STEM Students

Thomas More University was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation to support an Austin E. Knowlton endowed memorial scholarship fund.

The money will provide financial assistance to students in disciplines associated with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

“Every student that wants to gain a high-quality higher education deserves the assistance to do so,” said Thomas More President Joseph 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.

-Staff report

Photo: Thomas More Biology Field Station (provided)