WSU, Sonora Grill continue 10-year effort to provide scholarships for students

OGDEN, Utah – Sonora Grill in downtown Ogden will host its 10th annual Dining for Dollars event March 23 to support Weber State University’s Oportunidad Scholarship Fund.

One hundred percent of proceeds from the event are donated to the Oportunidad Scholarship, which offers support to low-income, first-generation college students and undocumented students who do not qualify for Federal Student Aid, grants or loans. 

In the last decade, Dining for Dollars has contributed nearly $200,000 to the scholarship fund.

“There are star students out there who, due to their circumstances, can sometimes slip through the cracks,” said Steve Ballard, owner of Sonora Grill. “Many of them would have won or qualified for scholarships, but because they don’t live in the state or because they don’t have residency, they don’t qualify for aid and they’re forgotten.”

Jeff Hurst, interim vice president of WSU’s Student Affairs said the Oportunidad Scholarship not only supports students who have limited opportunities for school funding, but it also creates a positive community partnership between Weber State and a leading Ogden business.

“This scholarship is how I invest in my community,” Ballard said. “I’ve always felt for every dollar you invest in your business, you should invest $10 to support your community.”

Those wanting to support Weber State students can dine-in at Sonora Grill, order to-go at 801-393-1999 or on March 23, or donate directly to

Sonora Grill is located at 2310 S. Kiesel Ave., Ogden.


Kennedy Jones, Marketing & Communications


Bryan Magaña, public relations director