2020 Scholarship Applications Will Be Posted Online on February 1, 2020

In 2019, the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation awarded $66,000 in college scholarships to 23 outstanding students who reside in the San Diego area and have participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Four scholarships are offered in each of four categories: 4-H, FFA, Employee, and Exhibitor/Participant. The 4-H category is known as the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable 4-H Scholarship in honor of that Foundation’s generous sponsorship. Ten Junior Livestock Auction (JLA) Scholarships are offered to students who qualify for the 4-H or FFA Scholarship and are eligible to apply for a JLA Scholarship.

Two Vocational Education Scholarships are offered to support students pursuing an AA/AS degree or certificate at a community college or accredited trade school. The Spanjian Family Scholarship is bestowed upon the most outstanding of all 2019 recipients. Categories are below.

Scholarship Applications and Awards

Zable Foundation
4-H Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of 4-H and have participated (not necessarily during applying year) in a competitive exhibit department at the San Diego County Fair. Applicants may apply until the year they turn 19 prior to December 31.

FFA Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of FFA until the calendar year following graduation from high school and have participated (not necessarily during the applying year) in a competitive exhibit department at the San Diego County Fair.

JLA Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,0007 Awards
  • Applicant must meet 4-H or FFA eligibility requirements and participate in the Junior Livestock Auction at the San Diego County Fair in the year in which they apply for a Scholarship.

Employee Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must show verification of employment (prior to the applying year) by the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Premier Food Services or contractor of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2019.

Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship

  • $5,000 $2,500
    $1,500 $1,000
  • Applicant must have participated (prior to the applying year) in a competitive exhibit department or as an entertainer in the special events department at the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar National Horse Show or other equestrian event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and/or Horsepark. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2019.

Vocational Education Scholarship

  • $2,500
    2 Awards
  • Applicant must have participated (prior to the applying year) in an event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds or Horsepark, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club or as an employee of the Fairgrounds, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club or contractor at the Fairgrounds. Applicant must graduate from high school no later than July 31, 2019.

Spanjian Family Scholarship

  • $5,000
  • This coveted award is bestowed upon the most outstanding recipient. The Scholarship was created in 2013 to honor Robert Spanjian, a Don Diego founder who served on the Board since the Foundation’s establishment in 1986 until his death in 2016.

Scholarship Applications

You may apply in one scholarship category only. Complete the appropriate application for the scholarship you are applying for. Be sure to save it to your computer.

Junior Livestock Auction Scholarship Application

4-H Scholarship Application

FFA Scholarship Application

Employee Scholarship Application

Exhibitor/Participant Scholarship Application

Vocational/Technical Scholarship Application

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients are matriculating at prestigious colleges around the country, excelling at exciting careers nationwide and making a difference in our community.

AlyshaStehly-Vesper-Vineyards

“The Foundation means more than just scholarships. It supports the future of agriculture by encouraging students to pursue educational opportunities that will sustain the industry into a new era.”

Alysha Stehly, 2003 Don Diego recipient and current Board member, co-owns Valley Center-based Vesper Vineyards with her husband, Chris Broomell.

“I thank Don Diego for this scholarship that enables me to pursue a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at California Baptist University. I aim to discover new ways to increase the quality of life around the world.”

2016 $5,000 Don Diego recipient
Ryan Berardelli.

“This generous scholarship is helping me delve into my two passions for STEM and art at MIT. I am working toward using bioengineering to help better human healthcare. Thank you, Don Diego!”

2017 $5,000 Don Diego recipient
Jessica Xu.

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