Ellie M. Knauss


Presidents Circle Laurel Pin (2016)


The Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences has announced the creation of new undergraduate scholarships funded by alumnus and former Clorox CEO Donald R. Knauss and his wife, Ellie M. Knauss.

Totaling $2 million and qualifying for the university's For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign match, the Knauss Family Scholarship will annually fund more than $150,000 worth of new scholarships for students admitted to the College of Arts and Sciences through its selective direct-admit program. The scholarships aim to bolster the enrollment of outstanding students who would be unlikely to attend IU Bloomington without financial assistance.

"The establishment of the Knauss Family Scholarship speaks not only to Don and Ellie's incredible generosity but also to their commitment to the liberal arts and sciences," Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Thanks to the Knausses' gift, even more students will have access to the College of Arts and Sciences' time-honored education, preparing them to engage in well-rounded, meaningful careers. We're extremely grateful for Don and Ellie's gift, and for their continued commitment to our university."

"The Knauss Family Scholarship is remarkable both in its generosity and in its scope," Singell said. "It will allow us to attract even more outstanding students across all our disciplines, from the arts and humanities to the natural and mathematical sciences. Regardless of their majors, these students will benefit from Don and Ellie's philanthropy -- and from the model of success that Mr. Knauss represents."

This gift contributes to Indiana University's $2.5 billion bicentennial campaign.