The Art Institutes DECA State/National Scholarship

DECA high school senior students are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship for participation in the organization.

DECA high school senior students who are members of DECA and compete in DECA state and/or international competitions are eligible to apply. 

State Scholarship Awards

DECA students who are first place winners at the state level competitions can receive $1,500 in addition to the member amount.

International Scholarship Awards

DECA students who are first place winners at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) competitions can receive $5,000 in addition to the DECA state scholarship and the member amount.

Deadlines and Important Dates

DECA’s ICDC will be held in May 2014. For details, visit Winners of the DECA state and/or DECA international competitions may contact Julie Walsh at The Art Institutes at 1-800-275-2440 for scholarship details or visit

Entry Requirements and Criteria 

  • Winners are permitted to choose The Art Institutes school of their choice within the U.S.
  • DECA members must be in a classroom (elective class) setting within their school and taking a course in marketing, finance, hospitality, entrepreneurship and/or management. The Art Institutes will verify membership with DECA.
  • Scholarships are available to DECA members who are residents of the US, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding residents of Quebec).

Scholarship awards are contingent upon acceptance to the chosen Art Institutes school and are awarded in the form of a tuition credit. All tuition scholarships are awarded toward a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, diploma program, or certificate program. Tuition scholarships are non-transferable. Upon accepting the scholarship, the winner must begin his or her studies in the summer or fall quarter following high school graduation. Winners must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher. Tuition scholarships are not redeemable for cash. The tuition scholarship covers academic tuition and may not be applied against fees, housing, living expenses, or program supplies and may not be transferred between affiliate schools. Scholarship recipients must not interrupt their studies; interruption of studies will result in loss of the scholarship. Scholarships are non-renewable.

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