the true meaning of “champion”

Your organization can provide the path to inspiration and accomplishment for hundreds of bright, high-achieving students at the school and regional levels.


Our regional partners help students in their communities discover a knack for spelling and a passion for competition by providing a pathway from the classroom to the national stage. More than 175 newspapers, sports teams, organizations and universities make their regional programs all they can bee.

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become a regional partner

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become a regional partner and give students in your community the chance to compete in the Bee!

The Bee program begins with 11 million students at schools across the country. Want to become a part of our mission of illuminating pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrating academic achievement and enriching communities?

how regional partnership works

Regional Partners host Scripps National Spelling Bee-sanctioned Regional Spelling Bees for the participating schools and spellers in their community during February and March.


Your Regional Spelling Bee Champion(s) advances to represent your organization and your community at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, broadcast on national television.


Regional Partners are welcome to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee to cheer on their Regional Spelling Bee Champion(s) throughout the competition, as well as experience the spectacular programming and activities that occur during Bee Week.


Scripps National Spelling Bee provides national support to help recruit and communicate with schools in your community, encouraging participation in your Regional Spelling Bee program.


Regional Partners are supported year round by the Scripps National Spelling Bee's dedicated staff, a team that provides access to a plethora of resources. Regional Partners receive program guidance, official rules, word lists, customer service support and access to trainings to ensure their Regional Spelling Bee is a success.


This opportunity allows a Regional Partner to customize their Regional Spelling Bee program, create an event unique to their community, generate positive PR and provide memorable experiences for schools and spellers across their region. 

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the Bee experience

How does a student in your community advance from the classroom spelling bee all the way to the national competition? When do educators receive their spelling bee resources? We've answered these questions and more about the Bee experience.

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our program cycle

The Scripps National Spelling Bee program begins each summer when organizations sign on to sponsor their community programs and follows the school year, from classroom and school spelling bees to regional spelling bees and the national competition.

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purpose and passion

Each organization brings passion for community, education and literacy as a Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Partner. We profiled three programs of varying sizes (Dallas, Cincinnati and Sacramento) to share stories of what partnering with the Bee means to them.

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interested in being a regional partner?

Fill out our interest form, and someone from the Bee will reach out to you.