Knowlton scholarship fund set |

Knowlton scholarship fund set

Aspen Times Staff Report

A scholarship fund is being established to honor the memory of former Aspenite Steve Knowlton.

The Steve Knowlton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will benefit young Colorado athletes, was created by a group of Knowlton’s family members, friends, colleagues and business associates. It will provide educational assistance for deserving ski and golf athletes.

Officers of the fund include Kaye Kessler, president and Reid Knowlton, treasurer.

The scholarship fund was announced Thursday at a ceremony to rededicate an Aspen Mountain ski run in Knowlton’s honor. The run, formerly known as Christmas Tree, is now called Knowlton’s.

Knowlton, who died Oct. 1 in Denver, served with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division in World War II, seeing action in the Aleutian Islands and Italy. He was one of the ski pioneers who flocked to Aspen after the war.

After organizing Aspen’s first post-war ski team, Knowlton won the National Downhill title in 1946. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic alpine skiing team in 1948.

Knowlton directed the development of the Broadmoor ski area near Colorado Springs and was chairman of the committee that organized Colorado Ski Country USA.

The scholarship fund board of directors is presently concentrating on raising funds for the scholarship program. Donations can be sent to: Dee Collins; Steve Knowlton Memorial Scholarship Fund; c/o Colorado Ski Country USA; 1560 Broadway, Suite 2000; Denver, CO 80202.

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