As a longtime San Diegan who is passionate about education and about giving back to my community, I have been pleased to combine these two strong interests as an active Board member of Don Diego Scholarship Foundation since 2012. That year, I also was appointed by then-Governor Jerry Brown to the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board, which oversees the San Diego County Fair and other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Chair Stephen Shewmaker
Now, as Don Diego Chair, I am excited to work with a fantastic Board, including our other Officers – Glenn Drown, Alysha Stehly and D Prestininzi – who share a passion for helping kids and educating the next generation of leaders.
We have made many advances since our 1986 inception; broadening our scope and increasing the categories, number of recipients and monetary amount of annual college scholarships. Under my leadership, we plan to redefine our Strategic Plan, which will guide us as we continue expanding and evolving. We have already embarked on one bold venture; establishing an Alumni Club in which our more than 350 past recipients can join together to fund a new scholarship.
Currently, we offer many ways for you to enrich your life while enhancing educational opportunities for area youth. These include: 1) sponsoring a Plant*Grow*Eat bus that brings Title 1 elementary school students to the Fair, where they display their produce; 2) purchasing a personalized, commemorative brick installed at the Don Diego Legacy Brick Fountain at the Fairgrounds; 3) making a general donation to our scholarship programs; 4) creating a Named Endowed Scholarship as my family has done; and 5) enjoying our exclusive summertime Dinner and Concert Gala at the Fair.
On behalf of our entire Board, I invite you to get involved with our activities at whatever level is comfortable for you and join us as we build a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time.