The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation will offer a record $65,000 in college scholarships in 2017 to 27 outstanding students who reside in San Diego County and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In 2016, 12 students shared a total of $40,500 in scholarships.

Returning this year are two $2,500 grants for vocational/technical students. In the other categories, an additional $1,500 scholarship has been added. Also, the Foundation will begin to administer the scholarships offered through the Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction. Nine awards will be offered in the latter category of $5,000, $2,500, $1,500 and six $1,000 scholarships.

The $10,000 in FFA scholarships are provided through the generosity of the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation. The $10,000 in Exhibitor/Participant scholarships are provided through the generosity of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

Scholarship Categories and Awards

  • 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

Scholarship Application Period is Closed

The 2017 Don Diego Scholarship application process is now closed. Good luck to all applicants!

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

Make A Donation

With Your Support

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation can continue to provide scholarships to more future leaders of our community.
Make A Donation