DECA is an international organization that prepares high school and college students for future careers in business, marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship. Through various programs, DECA provides members with the tools they need to achieve their goals and become successful leaders in their fields.
One of the benefits of being a DECA member is the opportunity to apply for scholarships. DECA offers a variety of scholarships to its members, including academic scholarships, leadership scholarships, and career and technical scholarships.
Scholarship amounts range from $1,000 to as much as $5,000, and students are encouraged to apply to multiple scholarships, given that they meet the eligibility requirements.
In addition to DECA scholarships, students interested in a business career can apply for business scholarships on Bold.org. Creating a free Bold.org profile allows students to browse available scholarships and apply for scholarships with the click of a button.
DECA's mission is to prepare its members for leadership roles in the business world. DECA offers a comprehensive program based on leadership development, academic preparation, and career readiness to achieve this mission. Members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including conferences, competitions, and community service projects.
The organization was founded in 1946 and has since grown to over 225,000 members in all 50 states and several countries worldwide.
DECA's programs are designed to help members develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in business. Members learn about marketing, finance, hospitality, and management through hands-on activities and real-world experiences. They also have the opportunity to network with other members and industry professionals through career development conferences, which can be invaluable as they begin their careers.
In addition to its programs, DECA provides scholarships to many of its members through corporate partners of DECA and other college and organization partners. These scholarships range from $1,000 - $5,000, and each has its own eligibility criteria.
DECA's corporate scholarship program comprises scholarships provided by corporate partners who have met specific eligibility criteria.
Scholarships are strictly merit-based and awarded based on DECA involvement, leadership ability, community service, and academic performance, as well as specific criteria for each scholarship.
Anderson Advisors provides $5,000 scholarships to four DECA members who are high school juniors, seniors, or college students. Applicants should be interested in a finance, accounting, sales, or marketing career.
Mariott International is offering $2,000 scholarships to five DECA members interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality and tourism industry.
The NRF Foundation RISE Up provides two $2,500 scholarships to DECA members who are juniors or seniors in high school and have earned or are earning a RISE Up credential.
The National Technical Honor Society provides $1,00 scholarships to two DECA members who are also members of NTHS.
Otis Spunkmeyer provides three $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA members who work in their school stores and sell Otis Spunkmeyer products.
Publix Super Markets provides five $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA or Collegiate DECA members who are associates of Publix.
Walgreens | NRF Foundation provides two $2,500 scholarships to DECA members who have a career interest in retail and are currently employed by a retailer.
Whataburger provides five $1,000 scholarships to DECA members interested in the restaurant and food service industry.
The Harry Applegate Scholarship Program is another DECA scholarship fund that corporate and organization supporters contribute to. Harry Applegate Scholarships include DECA-sponsored scholarships for DECA members of different regions.
Scholarships are awarded based on DECA involvement, leadership ability, community service, and academic performance.
AICPA & CIMA provide two $1,000 scholarships to DECA members interested in accounting/finance.
Central Region DECA awards scholarships to DECA members who intend to pursue a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, or marketing and are members of the DECA region.
Central Region DECA provides the Brenda Clark Memorial Scholarship (two at $1,000 each), Pat DiPlacido Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Bob Foehlinger Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), and the Central Region Vice President Scholarship ($1,000).
DECA Inc. provides five $5,000 scholarships to DECA members (high school or collegiate) who intend to pursue a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, or marketing. DECA Inc. also provides a $1,000 scholarship to each DECA Inc. executive officer at the high school and collegiate divisions.
Hilton provides five $1,000 scholarships to DECA members interested in hospitality.
National Geographic Learning/Cengage provides two $1,000 scholarships to DECA members participating in DECA’s school-based enterprise (SBE) program.
North Atlantic Region DECA awards one $1,000 scholarship to the North Atlantic Region Vice President who intends to pursue a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, or marketing and is a member of the DECA region.
Southern Region DECA awards scholarships to DECA members who intend to pursue a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, or marketing and are members of the DECA region. Southern Region DECA provides the Sonya Dismuke Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), Lynore Levenhagen Memorial Scholarship ($1,000), and the Southern Region Vice President Scholarship ($1,000).
Western Region DECA awards scholarships to DECA members who intend to pursue a course of study in entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, or marketing and are members of the DECA region. Western Region DECA provides four $1,000 scholarships and the Western Region Vice President Scholarship ($1,500).
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This scholarship seeks to support students interested in becoming business owners. It is open to any high school junior, senior, or undergraduate student interested in entrepreneurship and/or business.
To apply for this scholarship, write about what business you'd like to start in your community, how your business would improve the welfare of your community, and how you would go about starting the business.
The application deadline is July 25th, 2023, and two winners will be awarded $1,000.
Beyond the C.L.O.U.D. seeks to break barriers and bridge the gender gap in STEM and business by providing financial assistance and mentorship to women in these fields.
Undergraduate and graduate women students pursuing a career in STEM or business and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
This scholarship asks applicants to write about their aspirations, experiences, and how they will use their education to contribute to the field they are entering. The application deadline is November 22, 2023, and one winner will be awarded $1,020.
This scholarship honors the life of Neal Hartl, a sales representative for BeaconMedaes in the Southeastern United States, by supporting students pursuing higher education and careers in business.
The scholarship is open to any undergraduate student pursuing business management, sales, or marketing with at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply, applicants should write about why they are getting into sales or marketing and their aspirations for pursuing this industry.
To become a DECA member, interested high school students, and college students can submit a New Chapter Request through DECA's website. Before submitting a request, students should contact the DECA advisor at their current high school or college. An advisor is required to join a DECA chapter or start a new one.
To apply for a DECA scholarship, students must be current members of DECA. Most DECA scholarships are strictly merit-based, so demonstrated financial need is not required.
Students who are members of DECA are eligible to apply for as many scholarships as they qualify for.
Now that you’ve learned about DECA scholarships and business scholarships, you’re ready to start applying for scholarships! Don’t forget to create a free Bold.org profile to begin submitting your applications for our exclusive Bold scholarships.