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.

The application for 2018-2019 scholarships is now closed. The 2019-2020 application will open September 2019. 


Marriott International provides five (5) $2,000 scholarships to DECA members who have hospitality experience or interest.

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.

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

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

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


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.

The 2019-2020 DECA scholarship application will open September 2019.