The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation will offer a record total of $65,000 in 2017 college scholarships to 27 outstanding students who reside in San Diego County and have participated in the San Diego County Fair or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scholarships of $5,000, $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 will be awarded in each of four categories: 4-H, FFA, Employee, and Exhibitor/Participant. The foundation will also award two $2,500 Vocational Education scholarships, nine Don Diego Junior Livestock scholarships, and one $5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship.

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation has awarded approximately $797,000 in scholarships to 177 students and in agriculture education grants since its inception in 1986. The deadline to apply for the 2017 scholarships is March 20. Finalist interviews will take place in May and recipients will be honored at the Don Diego Gala during the San Diego County Fair. Each recipient will also receive a personalized legacy brick to be installed at the Don Diego Legacy Brick Fountain at the fairgrounds. For full eligibility requirements and applications go to