Carlsbad residents Amy Gload and Courtney Ouellette were two of 12 recipients of Don Diego scholarships 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.

Amy won a $2,500 Employee award following four years of working as a groundskeeper at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, where she organized a staff carpool and provided excellent customer service. Amy plans to pursue a pre-med curriculum at Michigan State in the fall. Courtney Ouellette received a $1,000 Exhibitor award from the foundation this year. Courtney will attend Cal State San Marcos in the fall, where she intends to major in political science and minor in communications to prepare her for a career in politics.

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, a.k.a. 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