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Henry & Marion Knott had a dream and a hope to have a positive impact on the future. Together, they cultivated that vision by using their strong faith in God to help guide them. With a plan, hard work, persistence, and integrity, they created a life that was truly incredible and generous. Mr. & Mrs. Knott chose to share their wealth with others, working tirelessly to give back to their Catholic communities. We hope you consider becoming an active part of our growing community so that we can keep the spirit of this incredible legacy alive.

Since 1981, The Knott Scholarship Funds has provided support for more than 2,000 Catholic students in the greater Baltimore area. Marion and Henry Knott wanted to provide the gift of a Catholic education so that students could contribute to their communities in a positive way. Being an active alum is a great way to “pay it forward” by contributing to our growing Knott Scholar community.

How can I get involved?

You can get started by joining us on LinkedIn!

Make sure to Follow us @Knott Scholarship Funds and request to join our exclusive @Knott Scholarship Alumni & Networking Group. This diverse group gives you access to current and former Knott Scholars. We look forward to connecting with you very soon!

Join our Collegiate and Alumni Ambassador Group to help us grow a strong network of Knott Scholars.

Share your story! Want to share how receiving the Knott Scholarship has impacted your life? Connect with Bailey Jenkins, alumni@knottscholar.org to share your story. We love to hear about what our Knott Scholar Alumni have been up to and can’t wait to share your impactful news!

Learn about other Knott Scholar Alumni below!

Aidan Brehm

Aidan Brehm

MIHJK, Loyola Blakefield ’21 Aidan has been recognized as a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. “I hope I have made the wonderful people that awarded me the Knott Scholarship proud and I want them to know that they played a part in making...

Alexis Gentry

Alexis Gentry

MIHJK, Notre Dame of Maryland University ’20 Alexis Gentry now teaches at Church Creek Elementary School in Belcamp, MD. Alexis graduated Kappa Delta Pi and Magna Cum Laude. “From a first generation, low income college female, thank you from the bottom of my heart for...

Ben Sontag

Ben Sontag

MIHJK, Calvert Hall College High School ’21 Ben Sontag was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America at a Court of Honor on August 5, 2020.

Cameron Parker

Cameron Parker

MBK, Resurrection-St. Paul School ’22 Cameron Parker represented his school and the USA at the 2nd PDC International Education Conference/20th CACIE Future Education Forum in Beijing, China in the fall of 2019. Cameron and his young entrepreneur team from Guangzhou,...

Caroline Habiger

Caroline Habiger

MIHJK, Notre Dame Preparatory ‘23 and MBK, Loyola University ‘27 Double KSF Scholarship Recipient "Next year, I am so excited to be attending Loyola University Maryland with the collegiate Marion Burk Knott Scholarship. The best advice I can give is: never be afraid...

Eden Fales

Eden Fales

MIHJK, St. Mary’s High School ’20 Eden Fales was selected as Valedictorian of her senior class. “I want to thank the Knott family and the Board for recognizing my achievements in middle school and giving me the means to further my Catholic education. I am honored to...

Emily Kisner

Emily Kisner

MIHJK, Mt. St. Mary’s ‘23 Summa Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science & Data Science The Mariam Award for Excellence in Computer Science and The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Data Science "After my undergraduate graduation, I plan to pursue...

Grace King

Grace King

MIHJK, Mercy High School ’16 and MBK, Mount St. Mary’s University ’20 At the Mount, Grace King double majored in biology and English and competed on the Cross Country Track and Field Team. She received the Leo T. Collier Prize for most outstanding senior in...

Harry Benjamin

Harry Benjamin

MIHJK, Mount St. Mary’s University ’98 Harry Benjamin is a Senior Economist at Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. “The Knott Scholarship helped me achieve my dream of being the first in my family to graduate from college.”

Joe Ecker

Joe Ecker

MBK, St. Ursula School ’07, and MIHJK, Loyola Blakefield ‘11 “The Knott Scholarship Funds provided me access to a Catholic education that has molded me into the person I am today. With a strong foundation from Loyola Blakefield and Saint Ursula School, I went on to...

Joseph Robuck 

Joseph Robuck 

MBK, School of the Incarnation ‘19 and MIHJK, Archbishop Spalding ‘23 Eagle of the Cross Award, President’s Citizenship Award, Top 5% of graduating class of Archbishop Spalding, Double KSF Scholarship Recipient "Next year, I plan on pursuing a major in Biological...

Leigh Fineran

Leigh Fineran

MIHJK, Loyola University Maryland '22 Summa Cum Laude & Business Achievement Award BBA, International Business & Honors Program Student "The Knott Scholarship Fund provided me with the positively transformative gift of a quality education. With the Fund's...

Madison Villarba

Madison Villarba

MBK, St. Joseph-Fullerton and MBK, Notre Dame Preparatory ‘23 General Excellence Award (Highest GPA), Archdiocesan Distinctive Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, and the 2023 NDP Gateway Award "Next year, I plan on studying Civil Engineering at...

Matt Smolka

Matt Smolka

MIHJK, Loyola Blakefield ’20 Matt Smolka received the Loyola Alumni Medal, which is presented annually to the senior who is most conspicuous for school spirit, leadership and excellence in studies. Matt is now a first-year student at the University of Notre Dame.

Nicholas Hill

Nicholas Hill

MIHJK, Mt. St. Mary’s ‘23 Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a Minor in Business, Honors Program “I will be attending the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland as I pursue my master's degree in accounting. I have a job secured...

Samantha Otazo

Samantha Otazo

MBK, Notre Dame Preparatory ‘23 “I will be attending University of Maryland in the fall. I will be studying Electrical Engineering and am in the Honors Humanities program. I would like to thank the Knott Scholarship Funds for helping me attend NDP and for the chance...

Sara Morales

Sara Morales

MIHJK, Notre Dame of Maryland University ‘23 “I will be teaching at St. Stephens in the fall which is full circle for me. I went to school in the Archdiocese, and it has always been my dream to go back and teach in a catholic school. My advice is to take every...

Sophie Valkenberg

Sophie Valkenberg

MIHJK, Loyola UMD ‘23 Summa Cum Laude "Next year I will be attending The Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University working towards a master's in environmental management with a concentration in Ecotoxicology & Environmental Health, Community...

Spencer Nattans

Spencer Nattans

MIHJK, Loyola UMD ‘23 "Starting in June 2023, I will be working in Charlotte as an Investment Banking Analyst for Wells Fargo in their Financial Institutions Group. I am incredibly grateful for Knott Scholarship Funds and appreciate their impact on my life, local...

Stacy Villanueva

Stacy Villanueva

NDP 2019, UMBC 2023, Cum Laude Major in Chemical Engineering, Minor in Modern Languages and Linguistics (Chinese). Working at McCormick. "Our family would like to thank the Knott Scholarship Funds and the Knott family for the support they have given me during my 4...

Veronica Balick

Veronica Balick

MIHJK, Mount de Sales Academy ’16 and MBK, Mount St. Mary’s University ’20 Veronica Balick is the first Mount undergraduate student to secure a Fulbright Research-Study Award. Her award fully funds a one-year MSc in cancer immunology and biotechnology at the...