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Fallbrook student receives Don Diego Fund college scholarship

DEL MAR – Fallbrook resident Holly Rogers, 17, received a $5,000 scholarship from The Don Diego Fund, which she will use after graduating this spring with a 4.03 GPA from Sierra Springs Christian School in Murrieta, to pursue a major in Business Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rogers is one of five recipients who have been awarded a total of $23,000 in 2010 Don Diego scholarships. Each year, the fund provides financial support to deserving college-bound San Diego County high school seniors who have been associated with the San Diego County Fair and other Del Mar Fairgrounds activities. Scholarships are awarded in four categories: FFA, 4-H, employee and exhibitor.

Rogers captured the 4-H Don Diego scholarship amid rigorous competition. In her nine years with the program, she attained several leadership positions, including the pinnacle of serving as 2009-10 California 4-H State Ambassador.

“4-H has helped me become the person I am,” she said.

Her many achievements include earning a Congressional award program gold medal for furthering leadership skills and goals; attaining membership in scholastic honor societies; volunteering at charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society; and participating in community activities. This well-rounded young adult also plays on a Temecula Valley Soccer Association team, which won the 2009 season championship.

Rogers said women in her life have inspired her, beginning with her grandmother who sews and has encouraged her to sew. She related, “I started sewing in 4-H and have continued working on my skills. I am currently entering a dress design competition and plan to pursue a career in fashion merchandising.”

“I am very appreciative to receive this Don Diego scholarship,” she added. “It helps out a lot, especially in this economy. It’s very encouraging to see my hard work pay off.”

Don Diego Fund executive director Chana Mannen said, “The Don Diego Fund began with a strong focus on 4-H and FFA, and we continue to reward these homegrown talents. Holly’s dedication to her academics, her community and her skills should result in a bright future. We are happy to help her achieve her dreams.”


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