'Tis the Season for DECA Scholarships

'Tis the season to earn some valuable money for your college and career dreams thanks to DECA's scholarship program! Winter break is a perfect time to get your scholarship materials in order and work on securing your future with the much-needed funds to attend the college or university of your dreams.

Each year, DECA awards over $300,000 to DECA members from across the country at the International Career Development Conference. Many of these scholarships come from DECA's well-known corporate partners and are focused around leadership, employment and/or career interest.

DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based. The scholarships are focused around leadership, employment, and/or career interest.

Below is a quick overview of companies that contribute to DECA's scholarship program and the basic criteria:

  • Career Interest and/or Employment: Hilton Worldwide, Marriott, NAPA, Publix, Safeway, Walgreens
  • School-based Enterprises (SBE): Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc., Vistar Corporation
  • Entrepreneurship: International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation
  • Leadership: Through the Harry Applegate Scholarship Program – PepsiCo Chilled DSD, PDC Productions, M&M Productions USA, Custom Resources, Goodheart-Willcox Publishing, Journeys and the DECA Regions.

So, what are you waiting for? The deadline to apply is January 17, 2014!

Need help when it comes to scholarship applications? Check out Southern Region Vice President Lexy Parson's, "Complete Guide to Scholarships," for advice on timelines, materials and deadlines.

So make your winter break count and apply for a DECA scholarship!

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