The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a prestigious competition for young spellers. Every year, the Spelling Bee sees a few homeschoolers! This year, the youngest competitor ever is a homeschooler, at just 5 years old.
The winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee receives $40,000 in cash and a trophy. Additionally, they win a $2,500 savings bond, a reference library from Merriam-Webster, $2,600 in reference works and a lifetime membership to Britannica Online Premium from Encyclopædia Britannica, $5,000 cash prize from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, and an online course and a Nook eReader from K12 Inc.
To qualify, the spellers must be under 16 years old, and they cannot be past eighth grade. For the full eligibility requirements, see the Scripps site.
The bee this year will be May 30–June 1, 2017.