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.