DECA Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions + Answers

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!

Q: What are the requirements to become a DECA Member?
A: You will need to see if your 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 Scholarships?
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, or call DECA at 703 860-5000 and ask to speak with the Corporate & External Affairs department.

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 specific fields on your applications (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 information possible in the long answer section. For your DECA activities, include ALL details from your time with DECA.

Q: Do I have to be a high school DECA senior to apply?
A: No, all grade levels (from high school freshmen to Collegiate DECA members) are welcome to apply to DECA scholarships. Unless the scholarship application specifically requires a grade level/collegiate, you can safely assume that all members can apply.

Q: Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
A: Yes, providing you meet the criteria for that particular scholarship, you can apply to as many scholarships as possible.

Q: Are DECA scholarships based on financial need?
A: No, most of DECA scholarships are merit-based. The only exception is the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Travel Scholarship that will open in late February, which is financial need based and requires a statement of financial hardship.

Q: Do I have to be an employee or child of the corporate sponsored scholarships?
A: You are not required to be a relative/employee in order to apply for most of our corporate scholarships. Some of our donors such as NAPA, Walgreens, Marriott International and Journeys do give special attention to applicants who work for them. Check out

The only exception is our Publix scholarship which requires for their applicants to be Publix employees.

Q: Are there scholarships specifically for School-Based Enterprises?
A: Yes! Arytza (Otis Spunkmeyer) does provide scholarships for students that run a SBE selling Arytza (Otis Spunkmeyer) products.

Q: Do I have to be interested in a particular career or industry to apply for a specific scholarship?
A: Yes, some scholarships such as, AICPA, NAPA and Marriott International 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, and FIDM/Fashion Institute Design & Merchandising. Check out

Q: What is the deadline to submit my application?
A: The deadline to submit your application is January 19, 2018.

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

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. Ensure that you proof all information before submitting.

Q: Are any materials required to be mailed by the January 19 deadline?
A: No, DECA will contact you if you make the qualifying round which will be after January 19, 2018.

Q: What happens if I make the qualifying round?
A: DECA will notify you via email and through 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 or my country of residence does not require them?
A: You must include a statement indicating so.

Q: What if I need to supply multiple official transcripts?

A: If your school requires that you pay for each transcript, you can provide one official and make copies for the remaining packets. At least one packet MUST contain an official transcript.

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, if you have qualified for multiple scholarships you can mail each packet in the same envelope. All packets must contain the same information and be labeled distinctly.

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. If the packets are received after the deadline they are subject to dismissal by the review committee.

Q: Can I fax or email my supporting materials if I make the qualifying round?
A: No, all materials must be mailed to DECA, Inc. Attn: Scholarship Committee, 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 in March.

Q: How will I know if I did not win a scholarship?
A: DECA will email you if you were not selected as a recipient in April.

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 my scholarship be deferred?
A: Yes, your scholarship can be deferred 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 or spring semester.

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 to receive scholarship funding.

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.

For additional questions, call 703-860-5000 and ask for the Corporate and External Affairs Department.

Scholarship deadline is January 19, 2018.

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