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.

As the nonprofit partner of the San Diego County Fair and Del Mar Fairgrounds, Don Diego annually offers approximately $73,500 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 Scholarship with a gift of $10,000 and above.

  • You may take up to five years to complete your pledged payment.
  • 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.

  • Interested? Contact Executive Director Chana Mannen at or (858) 792-4210 to discuss your participation.

Current Endowed Named Scholarships

  • William and Elizabeth Tulloch Family Scholarship

  • George and Patricia Karetas Scholarship

  • Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Family Scholarship

  • Spanjian Family Scholarship
  • Shewmaker Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Brother’s Forever Foundation Endowed Scholarship

  • Mannen Family Endowed Scholarship

  • Allan Royster Endowed Scholarship

  • Joe Harper Endowed Scholarship

  • Roxana Foxx Endowed Scholarship

  • Schenk Family Endowed Scholarship

Current Special Scholarships

  • 2020 CGW Four-Year Scholarship
  • 2021 Liss Family Four-Year-Scholarship


“I am using my $5,000 Employee Scholarship and $5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship to matriculate at Boston College as I prepare to practice Family Law and serve as an advocate for women and children.”

Sasha Jouldjian, 2020 Recipient

“I thank Don Diego Scholarship Foundation in supporting my first-generation college dream of majoring in Urban Planning at Columbia 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

What Our Donors Are Saying

“I hope that our $5,000 George and Patricia Karetas Endowed Scholarship will be an inspiration for many to follow.”

George Karetas
Board Treasurer

Don Diego Chair Emeritus and current Board member Roxana Foxx, pictured here with her husband, Robert E. Hertkza, MD, has created a Roxana Foxx Endowed Scholarship that will provide an annual $1,000 college scholarship to a deserving student.

“We have both been employed by and involved with the San Diego County Fair for decades. Our two daughters worked there as well. We consider it an honor and privilege to establish the $1,000 Mannen Family Endowed Scholarship to help future Fair employees achieve their college and career goals.”

Frank and Executive Director Chana Mannen

Don Diego Board member and 22nd DAA Board member Frederick Schenk and his wife, Shari, say they are happy to provide a $2,500 Schenk Family Endowed Scholarship to an outstanding student in the Employee category for years to come.