Apply Now for the 2021 DECA Hotel Challenge Curriculum Grants

February 22, 2021

The Virtual Business Challenge (VBC)-DECA Hotel Challenge aims to build awareness of career opportunities in the hospitality industry. To accomplish this goal, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation supports the VBC-DECA Hotel Challenge by providing curriculum to thirty-three (33) DECA chapters each year and funding student scholarships to participate in hospitality events during DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC).

Through the VBC-DECA Hotel Challenge, more than $20,000 in curriculum grants will be awarded during 2021 to DECA chapters. This will ensure that teachers have dynamic tools/resources and all students have the opportunity to experience the career pathways in the hospitality industry.

The curriculum engages students by presenting them with challenges around ten (10) hospitality lessons and several projects including key vocabulary words and quizzes to assess reading comprehension. DECA chapters may apply now for a 2021 Curriculum Grant.

Curriculum grants will be awarded based on need and planned use of the resources. Applications will be accepted until March 26, 2021. Recipients of the Virtual Business-DECA Hotel Challenge licenses will be notified in May 2021 and will maintain the license for three years.

If you are interested in applying for the 2021 VBC-DECA Hotel Challenge curriculum grant, please click here.

For additional information, please contact Diane Pruner.


Diane Pruner
Grants Program Director

As DECA’s grants program director, Diane serves as the liaison with DECA’s premier grant partners and works closely with DECA chapters who have been selected as recipients of the grants. Diane has worked for DECA since 2015.

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