Cream of the Crop

Encinitas residents and San Dieguito Academy students Autumn Kleinrath and Anna Lonsway were among the 30 recipients of Don Diego Scholarships totaling $72,500 this year. Autumn received a $2,500 scholarship in the Exhibitor/Participant category. She has long been involved as an exhibitor at the San Diego County Fair, showing her mineral collection and annually earning first place ribbons in the photography show. Last year, her photograph of Yosemite even won Best of Show. Autumn plans to attend University of California, Santa Barbara and major in business. Anna, who received a $1,500 scholarship in the 4-H category, created a fundraiser to help a friend with a challenging medical condition. “My dream is to become a doctor and make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “I will always remember how Don Diego is helping me get the education I need to help others.” She will be attending University of California, Davis in the fall.

Other notable winners included Hailey Baldwin, who won the top $5,000 FFA scholarship as well as a $2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction scholarship; Tierra Mathews, who won the top $5,000 4-H and $2,500 Jr. Livestock Auction scholarships; Sabrina Drobeck, who won the top $5,000 Employee scholarship; and Angelina “Gigi” Manasan, who received the coveted $5,000 Spanjian Family Scholarship as well as the top $5,000 Exhibitor/Participant scholarship.

All Don Diego scholars were celebrated at the Don Diego Gala in June, and will be honored with a Legacy Brick to be installed at the Don Diego Legacy Fountain at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Since its inception in 1986, the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation has awarded $938,500 in scholarships to 234 students and in agriculture education grants. Learn more at www.dondiegoscholarship.org.