The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors and graduates who participate in activities and events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, including the San Diego County Fair. Scholarship winners demonstrate talent for organization, leadership and innovation and make a valuable contribution to the community through participation in events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, their school and extracurricular activities.
For the Don Diego Fund Employee Scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
*Student must be a San Diego area resident who is graduating from high school no later than July 31 or who is a high school graduate.
*Student must submit his or her high school transcript with application.
*Scholarship must be used toward recipient’s education at a four-year institution, or a two-year college where a vocational major or course work is completed in anticipation of transferring to a four-year college or university. Upon receiving student’s verification of enrollment, a check for the scholarship amount will be sent to the Financial Aid Office of the designated college.
*Scholarship must be used by the recipient within four years. If the full amount of the scholarship is not used in that time, the recipient must apply for an extension, or the scholarship funds will be returned to the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation.
*Previous winners of a scholarship from the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation are not eligible to apply again.
Applications will be screened by Fairgrounds employers and Del Mar Fairgrounds staff members, who will select semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be interviewed buy a committee of Don Diego Board Members, who will select the scholarship recipients.