Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application Period

The 2018 Scholarship Application Deadline is Midnight, March 19, 2018.

In 2018, the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation offers a record $73,000 in college scholarships to 35 outstanding students who reside in the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Four scholarships are offered in each of four categories: 4-H, FFA, Employee, and Exhibitor/Participant. The 4-H category is now known as the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable 4-H Scholarship in honor of that Foundation’s generous sponsorship. Seventeen Junior Livestock Auction (JLA) Scholarships are offered to students who qualify for the 4-H or FFA Scholarship and who also wish to apply for a JLA Scholarship.

Two Vocational Education Scholarships are offered to support students pursuing an AA/AS degree or certificate at a community college or accredited trade school.

The Spanjian Family Scholarship is bestowed upon the most outstanding of all 2018 recipients.

New This Year If a student receives a 2018 Don Diego scholarship, (s)he may reapply for the scholarship in subsequent years as long as (s)he is still enrolled full-time at a college or university.

  • 4-H Scholarship

  • $5,000

    $2,500

    $1,500

    $1,000

  • FFA Scholarship

  • $5,000

    $2,500

    $1,500

    $1,000

  • Employee Scholarship

  • $5,000

    $2,500

    $1,500

    $1,000

  • Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • $5,000

    $2,500

    $1,500

    $1,000

  • Vocational
    Technical Scholarships

  • $2,500

    $2,500

  • Spanjian Family Scholarship

  • $5,000

Scholarship Applications and Awards

Complete the appropriate application for the scholarship you are applying for. Be sure to save it to your computer.

Zable Foundation
4-H Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of 4-H and have participated (not necessarily during applying year) in a competitive exhibit department at the San Diego County Fair. Applicants may apply until the year they turn 19 prior to December 31.

FFA Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of FFA until the calendar year following graduation from high school and have participated (not necessarily during the applying year) in a competitive exhibit department at the San Diego County Fair.

Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship

  • $2,500 $1,000
    4 Awards 13 Awards
  • Applicant must meet 4-H or FFA eligibility requirements and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction at the San Diego County Fair in the year in which they apply for a Scholarship.

Employee Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must show verification of employment (prior to the applying year) by the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Premier Food Services or contractor of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2018.

Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must have participated (prior to the applying year) in a competitive exhibit department or as an entertainer in the special events department at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar National Horse Show or other equestrian event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and/or Horsepark. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2018.

Vocational Education Scholarship

  • $2,500
    2 Awards
  • Applicant must have participated (prior to the applying year) in an event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds or Horsepark, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club or as an employee of the Fairgrounds, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club or contractor at the Fairgrounds. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2018.

Spanjian Family Scholarship

  • $5,000
  • This coveted award is bestowed upon the most outstanding recipient. The Scholarship was created in 2013 as an enduring legacy honoring Robert Spanjian, a Don Diego founder who served on the Board since the Foundation’s establishment in 1986 until his death in 2016.

Scholarship Applications

You may apply in one scholarship category only. Complete the appropriate application for the scholarship you are applying for. Be sure to save it to your computer.

Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship Application

4-H Scholarship Application

FFA Scholarship Application

Employee Scholarship Application

Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship Application

Vocational/Technical Scholarship Application

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients are matriculating at prestigious colleges around the country, excelling at exciting careers nationwide and making a difference in our community.

View Our Scholars Yearbook

AlyshaStehly-Vesper-Vineyards

“The Foundation means more than just scholarships. It supports the future of agriculture by encouraging students to pursue educational opportunities that will sustain the industry into a new era.”

Alysha Stehly, 2003 Don Diego recipient and current Board member, co-owns Valley Center-based Vesper Vineyards with her husband, Chris Broomell.

CarolynKravitz

“I was completely overwhelmed to learn I had received two Don Diego awards. The scholarships are helping me pursue Molecular Biology/Genetics at Stanford. I intend to earn a PhD and become a researcher at the corner of animal genetics and disease. Thank you, Don Diego!”

2014 $10,000 Don Diego FFA/Spanjian recipient Carolyn Kravitz.

“I was surprised and excited to receive the scholarship. I look forward to going to college, studying abroad, and earning my pilot instructor’s certification. I am so grateful to Don Diego.”

2016 $2,500 Don Diego 4H recipient Samuel “Bubba” Sugarman

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