Skip to main content

Twin Cities kids could miss out on National Spelling Bee if no sponsor is found

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Sponsor (noun): 1. A person or organization that provides funds for a project or activity carried out by another.

That noun is what organizers of the Twin Cities regional qualifiers for the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee are looking for – otherwise there will be no Minneapolis-St. Paul representation at next year's national finals.

The event was previously sponsored by Augsburg College, but organizers told BringMeTheNews the college is not continuing the sponsorship this year – and no replacement has stepped forward.

If a sponsor (or sponsors) willing to put up $5,000 isn't found by the end of December, then the March regional finals won't be going ahead.

"A sponsor is a business, community organization, college or university willing to organize and pay for a spelling bee program open to all schools in the designated area and to send the area's champion to the Scripps National Spelling Bee," organizers said in a press release.

"If no regional sponsor comes forward, the students who could possibly have an opportunity to go to the National Spelling Bee would instead be watching the event on ESPN from the sidelines," it adds.

Children hoping to reach the national finals must first win local spelling bees, before taking a computerized spelling test to qualify for the regional bees, which they then must win to make the national bee.

Organizations considering sponsoring the event can register their interest here. More information is available here.

Next Up

Minneapolis police

Death of man found inside Minneapolis apartment ruled homicide

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call 1-800-222-8477.

minnesota state fair bandshell concert

Minnesota State Fair reveals its free concert lineup for 2022

More than 900 performances will happen across numerous stages.

Jason DeRusha

Jason DeRusha stepping down as morning news anchor at WCCO

His last day anchoring WCCO This Morning will be June 23.

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 9.58.36 PM

Eric Perkins, Miss Minnesota, Paul Fletcher create new podcast

The podcast is released Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and is available wherever you find podcasts.

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.


Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.