International Franchise Association Educational Foundation Scholarships Promote Education from the Campus to the Corporate Office

Since 1995, the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation has partnered with DECA to promote career pathways in entrepreneurship and franchising. The partnership reaches some 200,000 DECA students and 5,000 DECA teachers on high school and college campuses in the United States and abroad.

Each year, IFA and DECA honor two DECA members who are graduating seniors, and the International Winner of Collegiate DECA’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, with Don DeBolt Scholarships, named in honor of IFA’s former president from 1995 to 2004. The winners of the 2012 scholarships are Julie Cecere, Azia Peterslie, and Daniela Rey.

Cecere graduated from Belmont University in May of 2012 with a degree in entrepreneurship. With a student, Cecere and two business partners attempted to open a franchise business on campus. She is still exploring a number of franchise concepts.

Peterslie is a graduate of Holmen High School, in Holmen, Wis. Peterslie is currently a freshman as the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an intended major of entrepreneurship/franchising.

Rey is a graduate of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. Rey is currently a freshman at New York University with an intended major in communications.

Originally published in the February 2013 issue of Franchising World magazine.

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