The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation
Honors One of Their Own

The Don Diego Legacy Brick Fountain located in the Plaza de Mexico at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is paved with the legacies of loved ones. Near this fountain are the Legacy Bricks, which honor the achievements of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients. Almost one year and three months since her passing, the brick which remains as a permanent memento of the memory of Rachel Dawson, serves as a positive stepping stone to inspire fellow scholars.

Rachel received a scholarship in 1996 for her exhibition of a prize-winning family quilt at the San Diego County Fair. She received additional scholarship funds which allowed her to pursue her dreams and attend the Rhode Island School of Design and Pasadena Art Center, and later earned a BFA in costume design from Cal Arts.

Rachel struggled with leukemia and eventually lost her battle against the disease at the age of 34 on Jan. 20, 2013. Donna Dawson, Rachel’s mother, remembers her as a vibrant, compassionate, and thoughtful daughter. “She was like a comet, impressing people with her creativity, kindness and generosity, and then suddenly was gone. Two months after Rachel died, I received a beautiful bouquet of birthday roses from her. She had ordered them way ahead of time, in case she would not be here to give them to me herself,” Donna remarked.

Rachel’s memory lives on at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. On June 7, Rachel’s brick, along with other Don Diego Legacy Brick Contributors, will be honored at Opening Day at the San Diego County Fair. Proceeds from each brick support Don Diego’s mission of providing college scholarships to outstanding San Diego County high school seniors who have participated in Del Mar Fairgrounds events, as well as grants for agricultural education.

To buy a Legacy Brick to commemorate a special occasion or person in your life visit