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The Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne Scholarship

The Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne Scholarship is for students who will be incoming freshmen at Utah State University in the Fall 2019. Two $1,300 scholarships will be awarded. Awards will be divided equally ($650) over two semesters for the 2019-20 school year. The scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2019.

Application open: March 1, 2019. Deadline for application: April 22, 2019 at 5:00pm.

Who can apply:

The Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne Scholarship is for students who are graduating high school seniors and are U.S. citizens. Applicants need to have demonstrated leadership in their high schools and in their communities and show special talent and potential for continued leadership.

How to apply:

Please submit the following:
1. Application Cover Sheet and Certification 
2. Responses - address the two topics indicated on the scholarship application.

3. Resume - a summary of academic recognition, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, leadership involvement, community service, and and any other information relevant to this specific scholarship application.
4. Transcript - a current high school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) with a record of ACT and SAT scores.

Please submit your application simply stapled (not in a folder or binder). Be sure to include your contact information: mailing addresses (both school and permanent addresses), email, and phone number. Selection of recipient shall be made by the scholarship committee of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, please email, call 435-797-0299, or stop by Old Main Room 339. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on April 22, 2019, and recipients will be notified in May. Submit all application materials to:

Sonne Scholarship
Mountain West Center for Regional Studies
Utah State University
UMC 0735 - Old Main Room 339
Logan, UT 84322-0735

Applications may also be dropped off in Room 338 or 339 in Old Main on the USU campus.

Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne

Conway Ballantyne Sonne was born on December 28, 1917, in Logan, Utah, second son of Geneva Ballantyne and Alma Sonne. He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940. He was a member of the varsity debate team at Utah State and demonstrated his capacity for leadership with his election to the Student Council and his service as president of three fraternal and honor societies. Conway fulfilled an LDS mission in the New England states and served three years in World War II in the Army Quartermaster Corps, rising to the rank of 1st lieutenant. In 1946, he graduated with an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and began his business career with Standard Oil Company of California. His civic activities included directorships in the professional business organization, museum and library organizations, and association assisting the disadvantaged. He authored numerous articles and six books on family and maritime history. Conway Sonne passed away in July of 1995.

Elaine Wintch Sonne was born on November 2, 1918, a daughter of Mary Evelyn Andersen and Wilford Jacob Wintch of Manti, Utah. She attended public school and was the valedictorian of her high school. She attended Utah State University on a scholarship, where she met her future husband. On campus she served as vice president of the student body, was a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. She received the College Citizenship Award given annually to an outstanding woman student, and after graduation she taught English for two years. Her life was an example of commitment to community service. While her husband was in the Army during World War II, she was serving on the home front with the American Red Cross, and afterward continued to serve through church and community organizations. Elaine Sonne passed away in January of 2003. The Sonnes have four sons: Alan, Carl, Marc, and Scott.

Conway and Elaine Sonne demonstrated leadership and service throughout their lives. Remembering their roots and those who helped them achieve success, they were determined to pay it forward. Their establishment of a scholarship demonstrates their desire to help students who will make a difference in the world.