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Welcome, Friends!

I strongly believe in the power of education to shape the future of individuals and our community. Having been born in Iowa and raised in rural Minnesota, the majority of my relatives were farmers, so it is an honor to be involved with youth who are carrying on the traditions of agriculture.

As a longtime member of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors, I have been pleased to work with my colleagues in furthering our mission by serving on numerous committees and moving forward on community outreach and communications efforts.

Now, as Chairman, I am delighted to lead our organization into an exciting new decade of fulfillment. Thanks to the vision of our Board and the generosity of donors, we have expanded the number of scholarships and total monetary awards. Having reached a milestone $1 million in awards, we are energetically embarking on raising our second million and ensuring the perpetuity of Don Diego.

In 2020 and beyond, we are poised to create new donation opportunities such as our Named Scholarship program so we can continue to propel an increasing number of outstanding students to become future leaders and give back to their community.

I encourage you to learn about and get involved with our activities, and to join us as we build a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time.

Juanita Hayes, Chairman

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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.

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the Fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. To date since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded $1,191,000 in scholarships to 298 students and in agriculture education grants. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization; EIN 33-0859020.

Board of Directors

Juanita Hayes, Chairman
John Hoeflich, Vice Chairman
Dee Prestininzi, Secretary
George Karetas, Treasurer

Lisa Barkett
Alyson Connelly
Sandra DiCicco
Glenn Drown
Susan Farrior
Joe Harper
Kirby Morrison
Frederick Schenk
Stephen Shewmaker
Alysha Stehly

Chair Emeritus Paul Ecke III
Chair Emeritus Roxana Foxx
Chair Emeritus Jon Liss

Ashley Colburn McCaughan, Executive Director

2020 outgoing Chairman Roxanna Foxx presents incoming Chairman Juanita Hayes with the ceremonial Don Diego trophy

Founding Members

Dave Barham
Edmund and Inez Burke
Charity Fair Horse Show
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club/Joe Harper
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