Escondido, CA

Escondido students among those given Don Diego Scholarships

Three Escondido students were among 19 who were given a total of $74,500 Don Diego Scholarships, the 35th year the scholarships have been awarded.
Don Diego Chairwoman Juanita Hayes said in a statement, “The energy communicated in our finalist interviews was palpable, even on Zoom. All of us on the Selection Committee and entire Board are impressed with the resilience of our Class of 2021 Scholars. They persevered during the pandemic and excelled academically while participating in extracurricular activities, working to save money for their education, and giving back through community service. We are supremely confident that they will make the most of their scholarships and college experiences.”
Scholarships in the categories of FFA, Zable Foundation 4-H, Employee, Exhibitor/Participant and Junior Livestock Auction were offered to students who reside in the San Diego area and participated in the San Diego County Fair and/or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds. To mark this celebratory year, many scholarships were donor-funded
Kylie Konyn of Escondido captured three competitive top scholarships: the $5,000 Zable Foundation 4-H; $3,500 William & Betty Ann Tulloch Junior Livestock Auction; and $5,000 Spanjian Family award. This self-described “lifetime 4-H member” and passionate agriculture ambassador who has attained numerous awards and honors is mulling her university choices; she plans to major in Animal Science on her way to earning an advanced degree in the veterinary or dairy science field. Kylie said, “Dairy farming is in my blood, my desire and my future. I am a third-generation dairy farmer on one of the two remaining dairy farms in San Diego. I have developed my own herd and operate my own business. Knowing that years ago, my father needed to leave college when he was a few units short of a degree to return to the farm makes me feel privileged to know I will receive a college education. I intend to contribute to the growth and utilization of genetic and nutritional information in the agriculture industry.”
Board member Glenn Drown, whose longtime ranching family funded the Tulloch Scholarship, commented, “Kylie reflects both the past and future of our region’s rich agriculture tradition. She will do Don Diego proud.”

FFA & Junior Livestock Auction
Areli De Casas. Escondido, $1,000 Zable Foundation Junior Livestock Auction, University of California Riverside, Psychology
Alyssa Partner, Escondido, $1,000 Junior Livestock Auction, Modesto Junior College, Large Animal Veterinary Science
The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the Fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded $1,191,000 in scholarships to 298 students and in agriculture education grants. More information is at and

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