Does when I apply for RSVBee affect my child's chances of receiving an invitation?

When you submit your child's application will be considered only if we receive more than 225 applications and have to use each application's time stamp as a tiebreaker. 

If we receive 225 or fewer applications, all applicants will receive invitations. If there are 226 or more applications, we will base invitation decisions on a point system.

For school spelling bee champions, the following point values will apply:

Are there any concerns RSVBee might be considered unfair for those who can’t afford the program or unfair for some spellers?

RSVBee is our sincere effort to take a step toward fairness. We believe the National Finals are as fair as possible, but the path to Bee Week is not a consistent or equal journey. Throughout our 90-year history, we have had sponsored regions and unsponsored regions. This means students in a sponsored county have a shot at advancing to the National Finals while students in a neighboring county without a sponsor have no shot. The sizes of sponsored regions also are not created equal — only one speller in all of Georgia can currently advance to D.C., while Ohio sends 18 spellers.

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.

Is there flexibility in arranging travel and hotel? Can RSVBee families choose travel and lodging that best meet their family needs?

Yes, as families make their arrangements to attend, they can choose best mode of transportation and best lodging for their needs. There is no requirement to stay at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center where the competition takes place.