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Class of 2017

Sarah Drown

Class of 2016

  • Yessica Vargas

Yessica Vargas Navarro

Cal State San Marcos $10,000 FFA & Spanjian Scholarships

Carney Jo Flinn

UCLA $5,000 4-H Scholarship

Ryan Berardelli

California Baptist University $5,000 Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

Sofia Davis

UCSD $5,000 Employee Scholarship

Ray Rapue

Reedley College $2,500 FFA Scholarship    

  • Bubba Sugarman

Samuel “Bubba” Sugarman

Principia College $2,500 4-H 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    

  • Taryn Sehnert

Taryn Sehnert

MiraCosta College $1,000 FFA Scholarship    

  • Sophia Mock

Sophia Mock

UC Santa Barbara $1,000 4-H Scholarship    

  • Courtney Ouellette

Courtney Ouellette

Cal State San Marcos $1,000 Exhibitor/Participant 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!”

Kaylin vanTol

Dordt College
$2,500
4H Scholarship

Sarah Robertson

Blinn College
$2,500
FFA Scholarship

Bryna Rackerby

Oregon State
$2,500
Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

Devin Stanley

Willamette University
$2,500
Employee Scholarship

Sarah Dean

TBD
$1,000
4H Scholarship

Brett Signore

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
$1,000
FFA Scholarship

Hannah Presley

Oklahoma Baptist University
$1,000
Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

Sophia Schmidt

Montana State University
$1,000
Employee Scholarship

John O’Leary

Cal State San Marcos
$1,000
Employee 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."

Jamie McKinley

Colorado State University
$2,500
FFA Scholarship

Rachel Brown

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
$2,500
4-H Scholarship

Gregory Brice

UC Santa Cruz
$2,500
Fair Employee Scholarship

Noa Glaser

Stanford
$2,500
Fair Exhibitor Scholarship

Ashley Therien

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
$1,000
FFA Scholarship

Bryeson Rowell

Cal State San Marcos
$1,000
4-H Scholarship

Madeline Muhr

Northern Arizona University
$1,000
4-H 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

RaeAnne vanTol

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

Kirby Challman

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

Meredith Lehmann

Exhibitor, $5,000, Stanford, Computer Science

Class of 2011

Katelyn O’Brien

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

Brett Huff

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

Daniel Menno

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

Prithvi Undavalli

Exhibitor, $5,000, MIT, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science

Class of 2010

Emily Cary

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

Holly Rogers

4-H, $5,000, UCLA, Business Economics

Kevin Brice

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

Nichole Miller

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

Juliana Collins

Exhibitor, $3,000, Loyola Marymount, Film Production

Class of 2009

Adelaide Dyer

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

Kelsey Lee Gilmore

4-H, $5,000, UCSD, Linguistics

Caylee Falvo

Employee, $5,000, UC Berkeley, Sports Medicine

Arianna Lasche

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

Mark Brashear Simpson

4-H, $1,000, Chapman University, Film Production

2008 DDF Recipients

2008 DDF Recipients