Sonne Scholarship


The Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne Scholarship is for students who will be incoming freshmen at Utah State University in Fall 2017.  Two $1,400 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship will be split over $700 per semester for the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship recipient will be notified in May 2017.

Available annually to graduating high school  seniors who have demonstrated leadership in their high schools and in their communities and who show special talent and the potential for continued leadership. Students must be a U.S. citizen and an incoming freshman at Utah State University in Fall 2017.

Please submit the application cover sheet (download link is at the bottom of this page), two essays addressing the topics indicated on the scholarship application, a resume with a summary of academic recognitions, GPA, ACT/SAT scores, leadership involvement, community service and any other information that you feel the scholarship committee may find of interest, and a current high school transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) with a record of ACT / SAT scores.  

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017.

For more information, email or call 435-797-0299 or stop by Old Main, Room 339. Please submit all application materials to:

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

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


Conway Ballantyne Sonne was born 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 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, as 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 Sonne's 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.