Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Marriott Foundation Curriculum Grant Recipients

May 5, 2023

Congratulations to the following chapters selected to receive the VBC – DECA Hotel Challenge Curriculum Grant provided by the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation. The curriculum grant will begin with the 2023-2024 school year and will continue for three years.

The Foundation strives to increase the knowledge and skills of the hotel industry for high school students nationwide by providing much-needed curriculum to schools and offering student scholarships who exhibit an interest in hospitality careers.

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 funded the development of the VBC – DECA Hotel Challenge, provides curriculum materials to 33 DECA chapters each year, and awards student travel scholarships that remove barriers to participation at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC).

Congratulations to the following schools:

Best wishes to students from these schools as they explore the many careers available in the hospitality industry!

  • Air Academy High School (CO)
  • Arapahoe Charter School (NC)
  • Armwood High School (FL)
  • Beaumont United School (TX)
  • Bedford High School (OH)
  • Casa Grande Union High School (AZ)
  • Denham Springs High School (LA)
  • Farmington High School (AR)
  • Federal Way High School (WA)
  • Grapevine High School (TX)
  • Great Oaks Princeton High School (OH)
  • Homer Central High School (NY)
  • Lake Travis High School (TX)
  • Lynwood High School (WA)
  • Meade County High School (KY)
  • Morgan County R2 High School (MO)
  • Mound Westonka High School (MN)
  • Northeast Metro Tech (MA)
  • Northwest Cabarrus High School (NC)
  • Olympia High School (NY)
  • Overton High School (TN)
  • Pattonville High School (MO)
  • Purnell Swett High School (NC)
  • Rome High School (GA)
  • Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center (OR)
  • Sherwood High School (MD)
  • Sparta High School (NJ)
  • Taylor Allerdice High School (PA)
  • ThunderRidge High School (CO)
  • Uxbridge High School (MA)
  • W.T. White High School (TX)
  • West Henderson High School (NC)
  • Williamstown High School (KY)


Whitney Milbourne
Partnership and Volunteer Specialist

Whitney Milbourne is DECA's partnership and volunteer specialist. In this role, she manages a portfolio of corporate and association partners to enhance their engagement at all levels within DECA. She also leads our volunteer recruitment and engagement efforts for both virtual and in-person conferences and events.

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