Juan Pablo Sanchez served as the DECA North Atlantic Region Vice President during the 2014-2015 school year.
Since then, he has earned his BSPH from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Born in Colombia, Juan is a public health professional pursuing a Master of Public Health at USF. Growing up in Easton, Pennsylvania, as the proud son of hard-working immigrant parents, Juan is motivated to end the cycle of poverty in his family through his pursuit of higher education. The trajectory of his life was transformed when he became the recipient of the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, a ten-year full-ride scholarship for his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in public health at any American accredited university.
DECA Talks: The GRIT It Takes to Seek Success
The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent or privilege, but grit: a special blend of passion and persistence for long-term goals. I credit the grit instilled in me at a young age to overcome various adversities in my life, including growing up in a humble household, learning English at a young age and being the first in my family to pursue post-secondary education. DECA continuously provides members, including myself, with endless opportunities to promote grit in their daily lives and helps pave a pathway for seeking success and helping members pursue their goals.