At one time, the Sears Holding Company offered several scholarship opportunities to college students. However, most of those scholarship programs have lapsed. For example, the Sears Craftsman Scholarship -- perhaps the most well-known of Sears' scholarship programs -- was terminated in 2005. At the time of writing, the only scholarship program offered by Sears is the Sears/DECA Scholarship.
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, DECA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to preparing young professionals and encouraging high school and college-age students to pursue careers in the areas of business, marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Originally the Distribution Education Clubs of America, DECA has been in operation since the 1950s. As part of its mission, DECA administers scholarships to associates at several partner corporations. One of these corporations is the Sears Holding Company.
The DECA/Sears Scholarship is awarded each year, and is valued at $1,000. Five DECA/Sears Scholarships are awarded annually. This scholarship may be used to defray the cost of college tuition, and may only be used to pay for the pursuit of a degree in business or a related field. The annual deadline for application is January 20.
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Eligibility and Criteria
An applicant must be an employee of Sears and must also be a student member of DECA to be eligible for a DECA/Sears Scholarship. You must also be a graduating high school senior. The DECA/Sears Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit. An applicant's grade point average, involvement in DECA, record of employment and record of extracurricular and community involvement are all factors that are taken into consideration when selecting recipients. An applicant's financial need is not considered.
How to Apply
The application for a DECA/Sears Scholarship must be submitted online at the DECA website (decaregistration.com). In addition to providing basic information such as your name and address, you must also list your GPA, SAT or ACT scores, the honors and AP courses you've taken in high school, as well as the specific grades you received in those courses. In addition, you must answer open-ended questions about your involvement with DECA and your participation in DECA events.