DECA Scholarship FAQs

DECA and its corporate partners provide over $300,000 in scholarships to DECA and Collegiate DECA members each year.

To help you better understand DECA’s scholarship process, check out these frequently asked questions and get the answers you need to win a scholarship this year!Arlisa_Britt

Q: What are the requirements to become a DECA Member?
A: You would need to see if you school has a DECA chapter (find out through your counselor) and register through your school’s chapter. For Collegiate DECA members that do not have a chapter, you may apply as an individual member.

Q: How do I apply for DECA Scholarship?
A: Go to to apply.

Q: Do I have to be a current DECA/Collegiate DECA member to apply for DECA Scholarships?
A: Yes, you must be a current DECA member to be eligible for DECA scholarships.

Q: Whom do I contact if I forget my user name and/or password?
A: Click on the link within the scholarship site, email or call DECA at 703 860-5000 x236.

Q: Does my profile information export over to the scholarship applications?
A: Yes, data will be carried over from your Student Profile to automatically fill in certain fields (i.e. name, address, school, DECA involvement, etc.).

Q: Does my advisor have access to my profile?
A: No, your profile is strictly confidential unless you provide the advisor with your user name and password.

Q: How much information should I include in the profile for DECA activities?
A: You should include as much as possible, especially on the DECA activities.

Q: Do I have to be a high school DECA senior to apply?
A: No, only if the scholarship application specifically specifies that you must be a high school senior. Additionally, some scholarships are for Collegiate DECA members.

Q: Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
A: Yes, providing you meet the criteria for that particular scholarship.

Q: Are DECA scholarships based on financial need?
A: No, most of DECA scholarships are merit-based, but you may include a statement of financial hardship.

Q: Do I have to be an employee or child of the corporate sponsored scholarships?
A: Yes, some of our donors such as Publix, NAPA, Walgreens, Marriott International and Journeys do give special attention to applicants who work for them. Check out

Q: Are there scholarships specifically for School-Based Enterprises?
A: Yes, Arytza (Otis Spunkmeyer) does provide SBE scholarships.

Q: Do I have to be interested in a particular career or industry for some scholarships?
A: Yes, some such as, AICPA, NAPA, Marriott International and NFIB do provide scholarships that are focused toward a specific industry and/or career interest. Check out

Q: Does DECA’s NAB colleges/universities offer scholarships to their institutions?
A: Yes, some of the institutions are Northwood University, The Art Institutes, Berkeley College, Johnson & Wales University, Wesleyan University, FIDM/Fashion Institute Design & Merchandising and FIU. Check out

Q: What is the deadline to submit my application?
A: The deadline to submit your application is January 13, 2017.

Q: Once my application is submitted can I go back in and make changes?
A: No, once you submit your application you cannot make any further changes.

Q: Are any materials required to be mailed by the January 13 deadline?
A: No, DECA will contact you if you make the qualifying round which will be after January 13, 2017.

Q: What happens if I make the qualifying round?
A: DECA will notify you via email and as well as through the postal mail that you have made the qualifying round and provide you the list of additional materials required.

Q: What materials need to be submitted if I make the qualifying round?
A: DECA will notify you via email of these materials along with the deadline for submission.

Q: What happens if I haven’t taken my ACT/SAT?
A: You must include a statement indicating so.

Q: What is the deadline for submitting my supporting materials?
A: DECA will notify you of the deadline once it is determined that you have made the qualifying round.

Q: If I have qualified for more than one scholarship, should I send just one packet of the requested documents?
A: No, you must send a complete packet for each scholarship. However, they can all be mailed together in one envelope.

Q: Do my materials need to be received or postmarked by the deadline date?
A: Materials must be received at DECA Inc. by the deadline date.

Q: Can I fax my supporting materials if I make the qualifying round?
A: No, all materials must be mailed to DECA, Inc. 1908 Association Dr. Reston, VA 20191.

Q: How will I know if I win a scholarship?
A: DECA will notify your chapter advisor and you will also receive a letter in the mail.

Q: Do I have to attend the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) if I win a scholarship?
A: No, you do not need to attend ICDC in order to receive your scholarship.

Q: Should I win a scholarship, do I get to meet the sponsor and/or be able to send a thank you letter?
A: Yes, you will be able to meet the sponsor if you attend ICDC. DECA will also send you a letter with the sponsor’s contact information.

Q: Can I use the scholarship if I am a part-time student?
A: No, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at a college/university.

Q: Can my scholarship be deferred?
A: Yes, for up to three years.

Q: Where are the scholarship monies sent?
A: Monies are sent directly to the college/university that you will be attending in the fall.

Q: How does DECA know where to send the scholarship monies?
A: DECA will send you a letter with a form to complete requesting this information.

Q: Where should I mail the scholarship packet?
A: Scholarship Department, DECA Inc., 1908 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

For additional questions, please email Arlisa Britt or call 703-860-5000 and ask for the Corporate and External Affairs Department. Best of luck!

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