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?

We want as many children to have an opportunity to participate in the national finals as possible, regardless of their means. One way is for children to win a sponsored trip through a regional bee competition. The other is for families to independently seek sponsorship or raise funds on their own to participate through the RSVBee program.