DECA’s Emerging Leader Honor Award recognizes members studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management for being academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders through participation in DECA.

Applications open on December 1, 2022.


To qualify for the DECA Emerging Leader Honor Award a student must:

  • Be a current DECA member
  • Be a senior
  • Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.2 for the previous seven semesters (with a 4.0 being equal to an “A”)
  • Complete at least one course in one of the following areas: marketing, business management and administration, entrepreneurship, finance, or hospitality and tourism
  • Participate in at least three of the areas listed under Community Oriented, Professionally Responsible and Experienced Leader

Student Procedures

  1. Log in to the student portal in the Membership System
  2. Click the Emerging Honor Award Self-Nomination tab (only displays for members in 12th grade)
  3. Check beside each qualification you have met
  4. Sign the application and it will be forwarded to your advisor for review
  5. Members can see if their application is pending, approved or denied

Advisor Procedures

  1. Advisors will receive an email that a student member has initiated an Emerging Leader Honor Award
  2. Log in to the Membership System and navigate to the Emerging Leader Honor Award tab
  3. You will see a status beside each member (awaiting approval, approved, denied) or a “Nominate” button
  4. You can nominate a student using the “Nominate” button on the Emerging Leader Honor Award tab.
  5. Upon approval by the advisor and DECA, advisors or members can print their certificate through the membership system under the Emerging Leader Honor Award tab.