Selected through a rigorous application process for their academic excellence, selfless community service and exceptional potential, Don Diego Scholarship recipients have excelled in college, forged fulfilling careers and give back to their community. Here are just a few of the numerous success stories.
1995 Scholar Vincent Mikulanis earned a BS in Forest Conservation and is building a better San Diego, tree by tree. As Davey Resource Group Project Manager and member of key forestry boards, he promotes the benefits of trees for a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous region.
1998 Scholar Anthony Tanbakuchi, PHD, is an Optical Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories (a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1999 Scholar Amber Lynn Scott Daniel, a former Miss Ramona, is Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, AKA the famed Blue Angels.
1999 Scholar Mary Masch Martineau has been paying it forward for the last eight years as an Agriculture Teacher at Poway High and Poway FFA Advisor. She won the Don Diego scholarship in the FFA category.
2000 Scholar and agriculture educator Scott Stebner operates his own business in Kansas where, as a creative agricultural communicator, he creates cinematically-styled environmental portraits that celebrate and empower the agricultural community.
2000 Scholar Jared Poppert is a seasoned Firefighter/Paramedic for the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.
2002 Scholar Anna Good Myatt serves as Communications Director for Black Falcon US LTD in Rancho Santa Fe.
2009 Scholar Arianna Lasche is a Design Engineer at SeaSpine Orthopedics in her Carlsbad hometown.
2011 Scholar Daniel Menno is another Don Diegan working to build a better San Diego. He is a Structural Engineer at Hope-Amundson, Inc.
2012 Scholar RaeAnne vanTol will graduate from Cal Poly with a major in Animal Science and
minors in Biotech and Ag Business. She’s on her way to a career in animal-applied biotech and embryology.
2013 Scholar Tessa Adler was the first to receive the inaugural Spanjian Family Scholarship. She used her $10,000 award to matriculate at Yale University, where she will graduate in 2017 with a major in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, on her way toward earning an MD/PhD.
2014 Scholar Jamie McKinley is making her mark at Colorado State, where she is Director of Residential Events and Programming for her residence hall while majoring in Animal Science and Ag Literacy.
2015 Scholar Sophia Schmidt is working with horses and pursuing Pre-Veterinary Biotechnology and Animal Science at Montana State.
2015 Scholar Hannah Labrie-Smith, who broke Olympic Champion Gail Devers’ 31-year San Diego County high school record in the 300-meter hurdles, is excelling in Human Biology at Stanford, on track to become a veterinarian.