Merit Award Program

We are currently updating forms and guidelines for the 2019-2020 school year.  Most will be posted in September/October.

DECA’s Merit Awards Program (MAP) provides avenues outside the competitive event structure for individual members to engage in a graduated program of competency based self-improvement activities.  The program handbook “maps” a self-directed path for exploring marketing and increasing marketing expertise — from the bronze level (knowledge) through the silver (analysis) to the gold (interpretation).  With MAP, students receive recognition for their accomplishments on the local, state and national levels.

The Merit Award Program (MAP) was designed to strengthen the instructional areas offered in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, and to give each DECA member an opportunity to work on self-improvement activities. MAP recognizes the ability, interest and creativity of the individual DECA member.

The objective of MAP is to increase the employability of the individual in marketing, finance, hospitality and management fields and to develop an awareness of these areas as a career choice. The program is intended to develop a better understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship, product and service knowledge, and customer satisfaction.

Participants will give a 10 minute presentation at the State and International Career Development Conferences. The presentation should cover the five gold level projects. The presentation will be followed by a 5 minute question/answer period.

Bronze level names must be submitted on the Reporting Form by December 11, 2019 so members can be recognized at the District Conference. (This is entirely optional.)

Names for all levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) must be submitted on The Reporting Form by February 1, 2020, in order to be eligible for a certificates.


Written Events and the Internet:

Students will not be able to use the convention center internet for their written presentation, because that would involve asking someone else to help them with their equipment. (Refer to the presentation guidelines.)  Students may use an internet aircard or personal hotspot with their computer if the student has one. But we caution that it could be difficult for students to receive and maintain a connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If they lose connection, they will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is to save anything that they might want to reference directly onto their computer.


More information will be posted in the fall.