Supporting College & Career Readiness for Our Future Leaders
Georgia DECA Foundation Mission
The GEORGIA DECA FOUNDATION supports GEORGIA DECA and its membership while promoting direct involvement of the business community who partner in the education, personal development, and vocational guidance of the individual student. We award scholarships to the deserving, recognize personal achievement, providefinancial assistance to the under-served, and create opportunities for emerging leaders in marketing, management, finance, hospitality, and entrepreneurship.
Who Is the Georgia DECA Foundation?
Georgia DECA is a state chapter of DECA Inc., an international student
career organization of 227,000 members around the globe. Last school
year, its membership was 15360 students (2nd largest high school
chapter in the world) and this year, it will exceed that number.
Considering one’s personal contacts and network, this results in a very
viable channel of distribution for your goods and services.
The Foundation is an independent 501C3 entity which fundraises for
the benefit of Georgia DECA students and advisors, and its distributions
do not support the daily operations of Georgia DECA.
Students are encouraged to participate in challenging and
comprehensive competitions which can be seen in the Competitive
Corporate sponsorship support through our “Partners” program, assure
completion of our mission.
Here is the checklist for the application. This checklist is at the start of the application process as well.
Cover Letter/Letter of Introduction - must be a PDF to upload to the form
Please include a cover letter to introduce yourself and explain your specific education objective and actions taken or planned to accomplish this. Please limit it to 1 page in length. This letter should be addressed to the scholarship committee and SIGNED by the applicant.
Resume - must be a PDF to upload to the form
Please attach an updated resume. Please include DECA Activities and other school and community activities as well.
Statement of Financial Need - must be a PDF to upload to the form
Students must write a letter detailing specific circumstances affecting their need for financial assistance for college. The parent(s)/guardian(s) must SIGN the statement.
Transcripts - must be a PDF to upload to the form
Include an official transcript with an explanation of terms and scale. The transcript must include final grades from the end of the student's Junior/11th Grade year or later if available. Please have the School Counselor SIGN the Official Transcript and include the current year's schedule.
Reference Letters - must be a PDF to upload to the form
SIGNED Business Reference/Letter from Employer (If never employed, select a Business Professional).
SIGNED DECA Advisor Recommendation Letter.
SIGNED Character Reference (can be from a teacher, guidance counselor, church sponsor, coach)
GaDECA 2023 - 24 Executive Officer Team
Looking Forward To Working With You
Partners Linking Learning to Life
Why Be a Partner?
Support Georgia DECA members needing financial assistance and assist
in mentoring future career paths.
Provide guidance for the development of student leadership, creative
thinking, and interpersonal skills.
Reinforce student education of goal orientation, teamwork, consensus
building, and vision for results.
Enhance student greater understanding of the free enterprise system
and global economics
Opportunities for Involvement
Donate to ASPIRE FUND for student scholarships, stipends, and awards.
Sponsor a competition segment or one of 60 competitive events.
Sponsor a Georgia DECA meeting or event.
Mentor student on-site learning experiences in the class room and at
your place of business…a potential future employee opportunity.