Westview Student Among Scholarship Recipients

Westview High School senior Helen Jin is one 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. Eligibility was open to San Diego County high school seniors who participated in the San Diego County Fair or other activities associated with the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

In addition to being a standout student at Westview, earning a 4.4 GPA in a demanding curriculum of AP and honors courses, Helen is an award-winning artist, gifted pianist, clothing designer with a successful sideline business, and a perspicacious young adult who has the ability to see the beauty in science as well as nature. Westview counselor Christine Cudmore said, “This past summer, Helen traveled to China to work with children who lack support from home. She taught the kids English, music, and art, and enjoyed giving them the opportunity to express themselves as she has been able to do in her life.”

Helen won a $2,500 award from the foundation in the Exhibitor category. She is somewhat of a legend at the fair’s Student Showcase, where she exhibited for four years and amassed multiple awards, including Best in Show, Best in Class, Donated Award, and First Place ribbons.

Despite a myriad of academic, artistic, and other achievements, Helen remains humble. Addressing the Don Diego Foundation, she said, “I’m so happy and grateful to have been chosen as a scholarship recipient. Your scholarship will be a helpful step in letting me pursue my interdisciplinary interests of business, medicine, and art.”

The Don Diego Foundation was named for Don Diego – actor Tom Hernández – 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. To learn more visit www.dondiegoscholarship.org.