DECA’s scholarship program provides over $300,000 in scholarships to high school and college DECA members at the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) each year. Many corporate partners of DECA provide scholarships through the DECA scholarship program. DECA Inc. administers the program based on guidelines set by the donor. DECA scholarships are strictly merit based.

Deadline: January 16, 2015

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The Don DeBolt scholarship provides two (2) $2,000 scholarships, awarded to DECA members who have an interest in pursuing franchising and entrepreneurship course of study.

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Journeys is offering seven (7) scholarships of $1,000 each to DECA members who are leaders in their peer groups and communities.

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Marriott International provides ten (10) $2,000 scholarships to DECA members who have hospitality experience or interest.

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NAPA provides five (5) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA members who are NAPA associates or have an interest in careers in the automotive industry. In addition, NAPA provides five (5) $1,500 scholarships to Collegiate DECA members who are enrolled in an Automotive Marketing and/or Aftermarket Management, Marketing, Sales, or Business Ownership / Entrepreneurship program.

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NTHS (National Technical Honor Society) provides two (2) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA members who are also members of NTHS.

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Otis Spunkmeyer provides ten (10) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA members who work in their school stores and sell Otis Spunkmeyer products.

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Publix provides five (5) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA/Collegiate DECA members who are associates of Publix.

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Safeway provides ten (10) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA members who are Safeway associates or associates of one of their brands (i.e. Vons, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Pavillion, Carrs).

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Walgreens provides four (4) $1,000 scholarships awarded to DECA/Collegiate DECA members who can show evidence of DECA activities, leadership ability, community involvement.


The Harry Applegate Scholarship Program is a scholarship fund that corporate supporters contribute to, but the scholarship is actually in the company’s name. Scholarships are awarded based on DECA/Collegiate DECA involvement, leadership ability, community service and academic performance.


Many college, university and organization partners offer scholarships to DECA members. These scholarships are available directly through the college, university or organization.

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