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Class of 2018

Angelina Manasan

San Diego
$5,000 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship
$5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship
Creighton University

“Performing Hawaiian Hula Dancing at the Fair exposed audiences to other cultures of dance, music and art while enabling me to win these two top scholarships. This $10,000 award will make it possible for me to attend college and major in Math. Thank you, Don Diego!”

Hailey Baldwin

Fallbrook
$5,000 FFA Scholarship
$2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

“My FFA leadership experience has given me the opportunity to educate my peers and my community about how the agriculture industry greatly affects everyone’s livelihoods and quality of life. I am excited to major in Agricultural Science.”

Tierra Mathews

Valley Center
$5,000 4-H Scholarship
$2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Colorado State University

“When I joined 4-H eight years ago to show my chickens, I never imagined the impact it would have on me. 4-H has changed my life, from the many people I known, animals I have raised and memories I have made at the Fair. I am better because of my participation.”

Sabrina Drobeck

San Diego
$5,000 Employee Scholarship
UC Berkeley


“I began working as a Bridal Bazaar Model at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at age eight. The experience has helped me in every aspect of my life, school and work. I have learned the value of hard work, perseverance and staying committed to my goals.”

Autumn Kleinrath

Encinitas
$2,500 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship
UC Santa Barbara

Olivia Jarvis

Oceanside
$1,500 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship
University of Hawaii

Courtney Reiter

Lakeside
$1,000 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship
Ottawa University

Cambria Osborn

San Marcos
$2,500 Employee Scholarship
California Baptist University

Briana Kier

Escondido
$1,000 Employee Scholarship
Palomar College

Hannah Lambert

San Diego
$1,500 Vocational Education Scholarship
Miramar Community College

Alyssa Hadix

Poway
$1,500 Vocational Education Scholarship
Fashion Institute of Design/Merchandising

Ella Sumagaysay

Poway
$1,500 Vocational Education Scholarship
Miramar Community College

Tori Pedersen

Escondido
$2,500 FFA & $1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarships
Cal Poly SLO

Sydney George

El Cajon
$1,500 FFA & $2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarships
SDSU

Marilyn Long

Oceanside
$1,000 FFA & $1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarships
Kansas State University

Katie Phillips

Ramona
$2,500 4-H & $1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarships
Boise State University

Grace Parker

Escondido
$1,000 4-H Scholarship
University of Wyoming

Alicia Trujillo

Pine Valley
$2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Purdue University

Katlyn Barath

Campo
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
San Bernardino State University

Megan Clodfelter

San Marcos
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Cal Poly SLO

Collin Kooyman

Fallbrook
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Palomar College

Elizabeth Melott

Escondido
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Cal Poly Pomona

Reanna Paala

Ramona
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
Community College

Conner Watson

Lakeside
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
UC Santa Barbara

Travis Woliung

Lakeside
$1,000 Jr. Livestock Auction Scholarship
University of Redlands

Class of 2017

Sarah Drown

Class of 2016

Ryan Berardelli

California Baptist University $5,000 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

Ray Rapue

Reedley College $2,500 FFA Scholarship    

  • Helen Jin

Helen Jin

USC $2,500 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship    

  • Amy Gload

Amy Gload

Michigan State University $2,500 Employee Scholarship    

  • Sarah Uribe

Sarah Uribe

San Diego State University $2,500 Employee Scholarship    

  • Sophia Mock

Sophia Mock

UC Santa Barbara $1,000 4-H Scholarship    

Class of 2015

Hannah Labrie-Smith

Stanford University
$10,000
4H & Spanjian Scholarship

“4H has nurtured my passion for animals, inspiring me to pursue a career in veterinary science. 4H has shaped me into a confident team player. I am so honored and excited to have received this double scholarship from Don Diego!”

Amy Wehner

Cal State San Marcos
$5,000
FFA Scholarship

“The competition for this scholarship was stiff. It was a privilege to be selected. I am excited to become a vet. Although I do things a little differently from most people, I have yet to find something I am absolutely unable to do."

Austin Koch

UC Santa Cruz
$5,000
Employee Scholarship

“My Grandstand concert stagehand work at the Fair seasoned me in a valuable work ethic and trained me for my future career in the film industry. The Don Diego scholarship will be extremely helpful.”

Madison Carmichael

UCSD
$5,000
Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

“Medicine is the perfect blend of science and compassion. Doctors have two hearts: one for themselves and one for their patients. As a future doctor, I embrace this concept.”

Matthew Antunez

Palomar Community College
$2,500
Vocational Education Scholarship

“This scholarship will cover a great deal of my schooling so that I can become an electrician. I am super-excited. Thank you, Don Diego!”

Hannah Presley

Oklahoma Baptist University
$1,000
Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

Class of 2014

Carolyn Kravitz

Stanford
$10,000
FFA & Spanjian Scholarship

“I was overwhelmed to win two Don Diego awards. I plan to earn a PhD and become a researcher at the corner of animal genetics and disease."

Victoria Laird

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
$5,000
4-H Scholarship

“My passion for animals led me to 4H. My enthusiasm for learning is an enormous part of my life."

Aaron Steger

UC Berkeley
$5,000
Fair Employee Scholarship

“I experienced tremendous growth working at the Fair. I intend to pursue a research-based career and live the most sustainable lifestyle possible."

Nikolina Zenovic

UC Berkeley
$5,000
Fair Exhibitor Scholarship

“As a first-generation American whose parents fled the Balkans to escape war, I want to make a lasting impact by earning a law degree and helping people."

Noa Glaser

Stanford
$2,500
Fair Exhibitor Scholarship

Eliza Naimi

Long Beach State
$1,000
Fair Employee Scholarship

Emily Dorsey

Harvey Mudd College
$1,000
Fair Exhibitor Scholarship

Class of 2013

Tessa Adler

Yale University
$10,000
Exhibitor and Spanjian Family Scholarship

“The Fair is so much a part of my life. So is dance. Together, they led to two Don Diego scholarships! The money makes a monumental difference.”

Brooke Buckley

St. Edward’s University
$5,000
Fair Employee Scholarship

“Since I was six, I’ve worked hard to give myself the best education to achieve my goals. Thanks to the Don Diego scholarship, I’ll be able to afford college.”

Scott Jacobson

University of Wyoming
$5,000
4-H Scholarship

“I am totally stoked! I’ve known about Don Diego all my life, read about the students who won and never dreamed it might be me.”

Matthew Kelly

Iowa State University
$5,000
FFA Scholarship

“The scholarship is huge, since I’ll be paying out-of-state tuition. I believe Don Diego is investing not only in me as a person, but in the future of agriculture.”

Class of 2012

Kendall Lynch

FFA, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Animal Science

Kirby Challman

2012 Employee, $5,000, Point Loma Nazarene, Political Science

Class of 2011

Brett Huff

4-H, $5,000, Dordt College, Agriculture/Animal Science

Daniel Menno

Employee, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Architectural Engineering

Class of 2010

Emily Cary

FFA, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Animal Science

Kevin Brice

Employee, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mechanical Engineering

Nichole Miller

Exhibitor, $5,000, Westmont College, Business Administration

Class of 2009

Adelaide Dyer

FFA, $5000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Agricultural Communications

Arianna Lasche

Exhibitor, $5,000, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Mechanical Engineering

2008 DDF Recipients

2008 DDF Recipients