DECA Scholarships and Beyond!

The beginning of the year can be stressful for students, especially seniors. On top of classes, many seniors have to worry about leading clubs and organizations (like DECA), applying for colleges, and managing their social lives. The recent developments this year have only served to make senior year even more stressful.

Upon applying for colleges, many seniors are also under immense pressure to apply for as many scholarships as possible to lower the cost of a college education. Luckily, DECA offers over $200,000 in scholarships every year, and an easy way to apply for them! In order to apply, follow this link (https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/scholarships/) and click ‘Apply Now’ and set up your account, or sign into the account you have used to sign in previously. You will need your DECA Member ID to create an account, which you can get from your advisor!

In addition to DECA Scholarships, there are many other scholarships seniors can apply for. One website, Scholarships.com, has a college scholarship search and directory which you can use to find scholarships to apply for that suit you! Many other websites, such as FastWeb, CollegeNet and even CollegeBoard also have search functions and application links for scholarships collected in one place. Don’t forget to use your school counselor as a resource to find out about local scholarships as well!

The scholarships available take many different forms, from merit scholarships in your prospective field, essay scholarships about your personal experience, or even completely silly scholarships for doing silly things. For instance, one of the students at Mountain Ridge a few years ago won a $1,000 scholarship for posting a picture of themselves with a milk mustache! The options for scholarships are essentially only as limited as your imagination.

As of the publication of this article, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as FAFSA has been open for about a week! Even if you don’t think you qualify for Federal Aid, chances are you do and just don’t know it! Additionally, many colleges use this information to determine their own financial aid. A 2018 NerdWallet study found that students missed out on $2.6 billion in free federal Pell grants by not completing the FAFSA. Claim your part of that $2.6 billion today by completing the FAFSA!

Good luck to everyone applying for scholarships this year. DECA members are talented and capable individuals, so we are confident that a lot of you will get the scholarships you want!

Yours in DECA,

Liam Nelson | District 1 President