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The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation:
Scholarships for College

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation provides financial support for deserving San Diego County college-bound students. The foundation was formed in 1986 as a lasting tribute to Tom Hernandez, who, in the role of Don Diego, was the legendary host of the San Diego County Fair from 1947 until his death in 1984.

In his memory, the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was created to provide college scholarships for outstanding San Diego County high school students who have participated in the annual San Diego County Fair or other events associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1986, the foundation has distributed $579,000 in scholarships and grants and has helped more than 134 students pursue a college degree. The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

For scholarship applications, visit the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation website.

Direct questions to dondiegoscholarship@sdfair.com

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Members of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors help make scholarships possible. Many thanks to the members:

Don Diego Scholarship Foundation
Board of Directors

Paul Ecke III, Chairman
Timothy J. Fennell, President/CEO
Jon Liss, Vice President
Robert Spanjian, Secretary/CFO

Lisa Barkett
Leslie Barone
Ruben Barrales
Kelly Burt
Adam Day
Ann Davies
Barbara Dunphy
Susan Farrior
John G. (Jack) Ford
Roxana Foxx
Joseph W. (Joe) Harper
David Lizerbram
Russ Penniman
Fred Schenk
Steve Shewmaker
Bob L. Vice
David Watson
Chana Mannen, Executive Director, 858-792-4210 or cmannen@sdfair.com

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