Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Marriott Foundation Curriculum Grant Recipients

May 9, 2022

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 2022-2023 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:

  • Eufaula High School, AL
  • Alma High School, AR
  • Fountain-Fort Carson High School, CO
  • Milford Senior High School, DE
  • Hialeah Gardens High School, FL
  • Matanzas High School, FL
  • Braulio Alonso High School, FL
  • Veterans High School, GA
  • Greencastle High School, IN
  • Acadiana High School Academy of Business, LA
  • Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, LA
  • C E Byrd High School, LA
  • Dexter High School, MO
  • Knightdale High School, NC
  • Lee County High School, NC
  • Rosewood High School, NC
  • Page High School, NC
  • Minto High School, ND
  • Sidney High School, NE
  • Amplus Academy, NV
  • Parma Valley Forge High School, OH
  • Massillon Washington High School, OH
  • Putnam City High School, OK
  • Abraham Lincoln High School, PA
  • Eastern York High School, PA
  • Halls High School, TN
  • Duncanville High School, TX
  • Glenda Dawson High School, TX
  • Highland High School, WA
  • Bethel High School, WA
  • Ferris High School, WA
  • North Thurston High School, WA
  • Smithfield High School, VA

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


Diane Pruner
Grants Program Director

Diane Pruner is DECA's grants program director. In this role, she oversees the AT&T Grant, which connects students from underserved populations with AT&T employee mentors. Working with schools across the country, she helps facilitate mentorship opportunities, trainings and other programs that ensure students are college and career ready.

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