No. Unlike the inaugural year, in RSVBee’s second year, there is no point system for applicants to track and no advantage by submitting the application weeks or months before the deadline. Parents have until March 22, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern to apply for the 2019 RSVBee program at https://secure.spellingbee.com/rsvbee.
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.
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.
Will the experience during Bee Week differ for those who win a regional bee and those who are invited through RSVBee?
The experience offered to RSVBee spellers and spellers who win their regional bees will be the same.
Families will be responsible for covering all travel costs, lodging, meals (outside of the Bee Week Kickoff Party and Awards Banquet) and any incidentals.
Yes, you may fundraise or ask individuals and organizations to sponsor you, but doing so is not a requirement. Fundraising is the sole responsibility of an RSVBee speller's family.
Is there flexibility in arranging travel and hotel? Can RSVBee families choose travel and lodging that best meet their family needs?
Parents of applicants who receive an invitation to the 2019 RSVBee program on behalf of their child and pay the $1,500 participation fee agree to book a six-night stay at the Bee’s official hotel, Gaylord National Resort on or before April 22, 2019. Any applicant whose parents elect not to book a six-night stay at the Bee’s official hotel will be required to pay a $600 non-participation fee to the Scripps National Spelling Bee on or before May 26, 2019.
What if I apply for my child and then he/she wins the local regional bee - the one in my community that determines who gets a sponsored trip to the National Finals?
Applying for RSVBee does not exclude your child from competing in a regional bee competition.
The 2019 RSVBee application deadline is March 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Parents may visit http://spellingbee.com/rsvbee to apply on behalf of their child.
Parents may visit spellingbee.com/rsvbee to complete an application on behalf of their child. The 2019 RSVBee application deadline is March 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.