Mr. Louis T. Kaminski began his teaching career in 1974 as a marketing education teacher at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County and advanced to the position of Maryland DECA State Director in 1982. Along the way he completed a master’s in business degree at Johns Hopkins University concentrating on human resource development.
Throughout his 26 years as state director, Mr. Kaminski oversaw DECA state conferences in all corners of the state from Ocean City and Hagerstown, to Hunt Valley and Annapolis. Mr. Kaminski has applied his unique leadership style and dedication to students and advisors to the many leadership roles he has held within DECA, including serving on DECA’s national Board of Directors.
Perhaps one of the biggest testaments to Mr. Kaminski’s dedication is that he received DECA’s highest award, Honorary Life Membership, for his dedication to students, professional leadership, creativity and vision. Mr. Kaminski retired from the Maryland State Department of Education in 2009.
At the 2016 DECA State Career Development Conference, the Maryland DECA Board of Directors awarded the inaugural Louis T. Kaminski Scholarship. Since then, the scholarship is awarded to an exceptional high school senior and Maryland DECA member. Mr. Kaminski is a model of what this award stands for and his decision to excellence will be forever memorialized in its recipients.
DECA’s scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA scholarship program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based.