The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation will award its annual college scholarships this year, offering a record total of $73,000 to 35 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. Four $2,500 and 13 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to 4-H and FFA students who participate in the 2018 Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction. The foundation will also offer two $2,500 Vocational Education scholarships and one $5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship.

Since its inception in 1986, the foundation has awarded approximately $862,000 in scholarships to 204 students and in agriculture education grants. The deadline to apply for the 2018 scholarships is March 19, with finalist interviews taking place in May. For full eligibility requirements and applications go to