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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 2021. One $1,400 scholarship will be awarded. The scholarship recipients will be notified by the end of June. Award will be paid in one lump sum and must be used for the Fall 2021 semester. 

Application open: March 31, 2021. Deadline for application: May 10, 2021 at 11:59pm.

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 - two essay responses (300 - 500 words each) on the following topics.

  • Conway and Elaine Sonne demonstrated and valued leadership throughout their lives (see short bios). In an essay of 300 - 500 words, describe a time you were in a leadership role, what you learned, and how you expect this experience to help you in your future education and chosen career.

  • Think. Discover. Create. The Sonne family established a scholarship in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS – where students gain new perspectives on human society and their place in it and learn to apply those insights to help solve some of the worlds most pressing challenges. In an essay of 300 – 500 words that offers concrete specifics, tell us how you imagine you will engage, both during your time at USU and during your future career, with the college motto of “Think. Discover. Create.” Does one of these terms apply to your future plans more than the others? If so, explain.

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.


Submit all application requirements online to the 2021 Conway B. and Elaine W. Sonne Scholarship folder.

  • Preferred: Combine all requirments into one file and name the file using the following format: "LastName_FirstName_Application" (e.g., Smith_John_Application)
  • Alternate: Upload requirements as seperate files using the following format:
    "LastName_FirstName_Form/Essays/Resume/Transcript" (e.g. Smith_John_Form,  Smith_John_Essays...)

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 or call 435-797-0299. Applications must be received by 11:59pm on May 10, 2021, and the recipients of the scholarship will be notified in June. 

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.