Encinitas’ Margaret “Sissy” Sugarman was among the 23 recipients of Don Diego Foundation Scholarships totaling $66,000 this year. Sissy received a $5,000 Junior Livestock Auction and a $2,500 Zable Foundation 4-H scholarship to help support her education at Principia College, where she will major in biology with the ultimate goal of becoming a zoology veterinarian and conservationist. Sissy grew up on her family’s farm in Encinitas and has competed at the San Diego County Fair since she was six years old. She is also a goat yoga teacher, pollination educator, riding instructor, and farm tour coordinator.

The Don Diego scholars were celebrated at the Don Diego Gala at the fairgrounds in June. “All 23 recipients are ambitious, idealistic, ready, eager, and capable of being the change they want to see in the world,” said Foundation Executive Director Chana Mannen.

Since its inception in 1986, the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to 257 students and in agriculture and education grants. Learn more at www.dondiegoscholarship.org.