The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation has announced that they will be offering a total of $44,000 in college scholarships to 14 outstanding high school seniors in 2016. This marks the highest annual total in the foundation’s 30-year history. To be an eligible recipient, students must 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, and $1,000 will be awarded in each of four categories: 4-H, FFA, Employee, and Exhibitor/Participant. The top $5,000 recipient will also receive the $5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship, for a total $10,000 award. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 21. Finalist interviews will take place in April. Recipients will be announced in May and honored at the exclusive Don Diego Gala to be held during the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Eligibility requirements and applications are at For questions contact Executive Director Chana Mannen at