Each year DECA awards over $300,000 in scholarships to deserving high school and college members thanks to the generous support of our National Advisory Board members and corporate partners.
Many of these scholarships are offered exclusively to DECA members to help them pursue their dreams of higher education.
Here are three important tips to keep in mind when applying for DECA scholarships:
1. Don’t wait until the last minute!
The deadline for scholarship applications is January 17, 2020. This date may seem far away, but between winter break, the holidays and celebrating with family and friends, January 17 will be here your sooner than you may think! Plus, you want to take your time with these applications, especially if you’re applying for more than one scholarship. Do yourself and favor and start working on your scholarship applications now, so you’ll have adequate time to gather recommendation letters and transcripts, plus have time to review and edit your applications so they are picture-perfect.
2. You must register and create an account to submit your scholarship applications.
You will submit all of your scholarship applications through the DECA Scholarship website. Be sure to take the time to create your profile to include everything that the application asks for. After you have registered, your information will be saved and you can access your applications with a username and password. Include all of the activities and leadership positions you’ve held in DECA to increase your chances for scholarship success!
3. Look for applications that are specific to YOU.
With scholarships from a wide range of corporate sponsors, your affiliation or interests with a certain company or industry could help increase your chances of receiving that scholarship. For example, if you have interests in pursuing a hospitality course of study, then be sure to apply for the Marriott International Scholarship, or if you are an associate of Publix, be sure to apply for the Publix Scholarship.
DECA’s corporate sponsors admire members for their DECA and Collegiate DECA involvement, leadership abilities, community service activities and academic performance. Be sure to apply and take advantage of these scholarship opportunities exclusively offered to DECA members.
Not only can you apply for these scholarships, but you can also take advantage of DECA’s college and organization partners that offer scholarships directly through their specific college, university or organization. Nevertheless, it never hurts to try! You never know where a DECA scholarship may take you.
As DECA’s director of sponsorships, Cindy’s responsibilities include developing corporate partnerships and serving as the liaison between DECA Inc. and its partnering organizations. Cindy also manages DECA’s scholarship program, coordinates advertising and exhibits, and works with special event fundraising activities. Cindy has worked for DECA since 1991.