Supporting Students

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recently awarded $42,500 in scholarships divided between 14 local high school seniors. The awards are divided into different categories, and the Spanjian Family Scholarship is awarded to one of the top four recipients in memory of Don Diego founder Robert Spanjian.

Hannah Labrie-Smith was awarded $10,000 from 4H and the Spanjian Family Foundation. Hannah lives in Encinitas and is graduating from Cathedral Catholic High School. Hannah has a jam-packed resume of 4H awards, community service, and competitive Irish dance, polo, and track. She plans to major in human biology at Stanford University.

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) $5,000 award went to Amy Wehner, who will attend Cal State San Marcos after graduating from Vista High School with a 4.12 GPA. Amy is a school cheerleader, disability spokesperson, and San Diego County Fair showmanship winner. Sarah Robertson, a Poway resident graduating from Poway High School, won the $2,500 FFA award.

Rancho Bernardo resident and Poway High School student Madison Carmichael won the $5,000 fair exhibitor scholarship. She excels in Science Olympiad and her rigorous AP courses, and intends to study microbiology and music at UC San Diego. Bryna Rackerby, graduating from Westview High School, won the $2,500 exhibitor scholarship.

Sophia Schmidt, an Encinitas resident graduating from San Dieguito Academy, and John O’Leary, a San Marcos resident graduating from Mission Hills High School, both won $1,000 Del Mar Fairgrounds employee scholarships.

A new vocational education category was added to support one student pursuing vocational training. The inaugural winner was Matthew Antunez, a Vista resident graduating from North County Trade Tech High. He intends to pursue an electrician career at Palomar Community College.