Don Diego Scholarship Foundation kicked off 2020 with its initial Endowed Scholarship honoring an iconic San Diego ranching family: William and Elizabeth Tulloch

Your Donation Will Endure for Generations to Come

Make an investment in the bright future of our community and tomorrow’s trailblazers while making a name for yourself or your family by creating an Endowed Named Scholarship matched one-to-one by the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation.

As the nonprofit arm of the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar Fairgrounds, Don Diego annually offers more than $65,000 in college scholarships to over two dozen exceptional San Diego area students who are associated with activities at the Fair and Fairgrounds. Our scholarship program celebrates and perpetuates the rich tradition of agriculture in our region while enabling deserving Scholars from diverse backgrounds to succeed in college, excel in an array of careers and give back to their community.

An Iconic Leadership Opportunity

We invite you to join other torchbearers in establishing a Don Diego Endowed Named Matching Scholarship with a gift of $10,000 and above.

  • You may take up to five years to complete your pledged payment.
  • Don Diego will match your donation one-to-one.

  • You choose the wording of your named scholarship, the category (4-H, FFA, Employee, Exhibitor/Participant, Junior Livestock Auction, Vocational Education) and other parameters.

  • The value of each scholarship will be approximately 5% of the value of the endowment.
  • The first scholarship will be paid one calendar year after your endowment payment is complete.

  • As the value of your endowment principle grows, your scholarship will endure in perpetuity.

  • As one of an elite group of Don Diego Endowment Donors, you will receive special recognition and perks, including a Legacy Brick celebrating your special status enshrined at the Fairgrounds.

How the Program Works (Examples)

You Donate Don Diego Matches Total Amount Projected Annual College Scholarship
$10,000 $10,000 $20,000 $1,000
$15,000 $15,000 $30,000 $1,500
$25,000 $25,000 $50,000 $2,500
$50,000 $50,000 $100,000 $5,000

Learn More

View a sample Named Endowed Scholarship Agreement

Your Gift Will Be Matched.

Your Gratification Will Be Immense.

We are excited to offer this Endowed Named Matching Scholarship opportunity to Friends of the Fair, Friends of the Fairgrounds and Friends of Don Diego.

Please contact Executive Director Chana Mannen at or (858) 792-4210 to schedule a luncheon appointment to discuss your participation. We look forward to working with you as together we build a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time.

Current Endowed Named Matching Scholarships

  • William and Elizabeth Tulloch Family Scholarship

  • George and Patricia Karetas Scholarship

  • Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Family Scholarship


“I hope that our George and Patricia Karetas Endowed Scholarship will be an inspiration for many to follow.”

George Karetas
Board Treasurer

“I thank Don Diego Scholarship Foundation in supporting my first-generation college dream of majoring in Political Science at Georgetown University. I have received academic honors and will continue striving to create positive change in my community, our country and the world.”

Isai Soto
2019 Recipient

“I will always remember how Don Diego helped me get the education I need to become a doctor and make a difference in people’s lives.”

Anna Lonsway
2018 Recipient