Congratulations to the 2024-2025 Marriott Foundation Curriculum Grant Recipients

May 13, 2024

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 2024-2025 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 10 DECA chapters, and awards student travel scholarships that remove barriers to participation at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC).

Congratulations to the following schools:

  • Colon High School (MI)
  • Graham High School (NC)
  • Gadsen City High School (AL)
  • Lockport High School (NY)
  • McClure Health Science High School (GA)
  • Midd-West High School (PA)
  • Pebble Hills High School (TX)
  • Putnam City West High School (OK)
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center (FL)
  • Woodside High School (VA)

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


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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