2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Prizes

 

For their participation in the Bee, our national finalists receive a number of awards and prizes from the Bee and our prize sponsors. Below is the prize structure for this year, from all spellers to the Champion!

For All Spellers

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • A prize package containing Bee souvenirs
  • An official certificate of participation

 

From Merriam-Webster

From Encyclopædia Britannica

 

From Mr. Jay Sugarman

  • A 2021 United States Mint Proof Set, given in honor of his father Samuel Louis Sugarman, who revered academic achievement

*For the Quarterfinalists

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • A commemorative pin
  • A $100 gift card

*For the Semifinalists

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • A commemorative medal
  • A $500 gift card

*For the Finalists

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • A commemorative medal and

 

  • Miss in first Round of the Finals through to 7th place - $2,000
  • 6th place - $2,500
  • 5th place - $5,000
  • 4th place - $10,000
  • 3rd place - $15,000
  • 2nd place - $25,000

*For the Champion

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • a $50,000 cash prize
  • a commemorative medal
  • the Scripps Cup, the official championship trophy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

 

From Merriam-Webster

  • a $2,500 cash prize and reference library

 

From Encyclopædia Britannica

For the Champion's School and Sponsor

From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

  • Engraved commemorative plaques

Note: Quarterfinalist, Semifinalist, Finalist and Champion monetary awards are not cumulative; that is, a speller moving on to the Semifinals will not receive both the Quarterfinalist and Semifinalist gift cards, but a Quarterfinalist who does not qualify for the Semifinals will receive everything listed at the Quarterfinalist level.

 

*Spellers who are eliminated from the competition in the same round are assigned the same rank (place).


Spellers competing in the Spell-off (if activated) will be ranked according to number of words spelled correctly; any spellers who spell the same number of words correctly will be assigned the same rank (place). Misspellings during the Spell-off do not result in immediate elimination.
If two or more spellers tie for first place, the cash prize for each will be $50,000. 


Cash prizes for spellers who are tied for second through sixth place will be determined by the method used in the following example: 
If three spellers tied for fourth place, the cash prize for each would be the sum of the prize amounts for fourth, fifth and sixth place divided by three; therefore, each speller tied for fourth place would receive $5,833.33 (($2,500 + $5,000 + $10,000) / 3).