Will spellers still advance to the National Finals with the support of a sponsor?

Participation in most national finals experiences in sports, academics and other pursuits comes as a result of parents and/or booster organizations paying entry fees and all associated trip expenses. In the array of these competitions, the Scripps National Spelling Bee proudly stands as one who goes the extra mile in fostering a broad and deep long-standing national network of more than 250 local spelling bee sponsors — sponsors who, among many things, provide free trips for local spelling champions and their parents to participate in the national finals experience.