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National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee
National Geographic Bee is open to students in grades four through eight. Students in public schools, private schools, and home schools in the United States Atlantic and Pacific territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools  may participate.

Schools may register to participate and register not less than 6 students for the competition. The competition is a series of questions relating to world geography. The purpose of the contest is to teach students more about the world.

Fifty-four finalists are chosen to compete at the annual National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C. The grand prize winner receives a scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, a trip with their parents to the Galápagos Islands, and cash. Second and third place winners also receive scholarships and cash. Those who place 4th through 10th receive cash prizes.

The contest began in 1989 as an effort to improve the knowledge of geography among young students in the U.S. As Gary Knell, National Geographic Society president and CEO, stated, "The Bee expands students’ knowledge of people, places and events around the world and fosters a lifelong love of learning and exploration, turning today’s competitors into tomorrow’s leaders.”

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in DECEMBER of each year, and the award amount is usually $500 - $50,000.

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