Local Wins Don Diego Scholarship

x_dondiego2Torrey Pines High School senior Sofia Davis was one of 12 recipients of the Don Diego Scholarship this year. The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation has awarded a total of $40,500 in college scholarships to outstanding students embarking on their studies this fall. Eligibility was open to San Diego County high school seniors who participated in the San Diego County Fair or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds in one of four categories: FFA, 4H, Employee, and Exhibitor. Sofia won a $5,000 Employee award from the foundation following an internship at Palomar Medical Center and working at an ice cream stand at the fair. “I had so much fun,” she said, “The paycheck was just an added bonus!” Sofia was a standout student at Torrey Pines, where she earned a 4.30 GPA and amassed diverse academic honors and praise from her instructors. She will attend UCSD in the fall, where she plans to major in global health and eventually become a pediatrician.

All 12 of the scholarship recipients come from varied backgrounds and have a wide array of talents, skills, and interests. Don Diego Chair Jon Liss said, “All share key traits: they are without a doubt among the most authentic, idealistic, dedicated, intelligent, ambitious, and selfless young adults in our area. We are confident that each will attain success, give back to their community, and help build a better San Diego and a better world.”

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947 to 1984. Since its inception in 1986, the foundation has awarded approximately $797,000 in scholarships to 177 students and in agriculture education grants. Learn more at www.dondiegoscholarship.org.