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Don Diego Scholarship Foundation can continue to provide scholarships to more future leaders of our community.
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Welcome, Friends!

Jon LissI am delighted to serve as Chair of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation.

Since I joined the Board of Directors in 2009, our Foundation has greatly expanded the scholarship program; from annually awarding a total of $20,000 to four high school seniors to a total of $44,000 to 14 students. And, in addition to college-bound youngsters, we now dedicate two of our scholarships for vocational education.

The highlight for me each year is my participation on the scholarship selection committee. It is so inspiring to interview our outstanding finalists in each of five categories and to help select the cream of the crop.  My goal, shared by all on our Board, is to continue to grow the Foundation thus allowing us to increase both the number and dollar amount of scholarships awarded.

On behalf of our entire Board, thank you for your support as we continue to build a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time.

Jon Liss, Chair

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The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation promotes education in a fair and fiscally sound manner by providing scholarships to deserving San Diego area graduating high school seniors and graduates who are associated with activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair. The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation also provides grants for agricultural education.

Board of Directors

Jon Liss, Chair
Steve Shewmaker, Vice Chair
Roxana Foxx, Treasurer
Tim Fennell, President/CEO

Lisa Barkett
Leslie Barone
Kelly Burt
Alyson Connelly
Paul Ecke III, Chair Emeritus
Susan Farrior
Jack Ford
Joe Harper
Lee Haydu
Juanita Hayes
George Karetas
Russ Penniman
Dee Prestininzi
Allan Royster
Frederick Schenk
Pierre Sleiman
Alysha Stehly
Karen Tanz
Megan Tevrizian
Bob Vice

Chana Mannen, Executive Director

3 Don Diego chairmen

Three of the foundation’s chairmen: Allan Royster, Paul Ecke III and current chair Jon Liss

Founding Members

Dave Barham
Edmund and Inez Burke
Charity Fair Horse Show
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Paul Ecke
Ray Harmon Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein
Mr. and Mrs. Warner Lusardi
Ben Osher
Sheila and Patrick Rose
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spanjian
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Spanjian
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stone
San Diego Gas and Electric
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Sims
Southern California Edison
Watt Industries