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Information for State GeoBee Qualifiers

Congratulations to students who qualified for the National Geographic GeoBee State Competition on March 29!

Select your state on the map to learn location, time, and other details about your State GeoBee. 

This year, the National Geographic Society has increased the prize money for the State Competitions. State champions will receive a medal, $1,000 in cash and other prizes, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship on May 19-22, 2019. Students that come in second and third place will receive cash awards of $300 and $100, respectively.

Please note that eligible state competitors must be in grades four through eight, and must have participated in and won the competition at the school level that involved at least six students. We reserve the right to disqualify a student at any time if the rules have not been followed. See GeoBee rules for more information.

The State GeoBee event is for qualifying students, their families, and their teachers.  The National Geographic Society does not encourage coaching for hire in connection with the National Geographic GeoBee. Paid coaches or persons affiliated with organizations that collect fees for coaching may not attend the State GeoBee.

It is the responsibility of the student’s family and/or teacher escort to arrange travel to the state GeoBee, and to report to the registration area on time.


Accessibility at the State GeoBees

The National Geographic GeoBee supports the participation of students with physical disabilities such as vision or hearing impairment. The teacher or parent of a physically disabled student should notify the National Geographic GeoBee office at by March 15 so that accommodations can be made.


Advancing to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship

One champion from each state and territory will advance to the National Geographic GeoBee Championship, which will be held May 19-22 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Transportation and accommodations for the Washington, D.C., trip are provided for each state champion and one parent/guardian. See GeoBee FAQs for more information.  

Each state champion will advance to the National Championship and compete for cash awards and college scholarships. The 2019 national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. The second-place finisher will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; the student finishing in third place will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and $1,000 in cash; and seven runners-up will each receive $1,000 in cash.


Event Details for your State GEobee

Select your state on the map to learn location, time, and other details about your State GeoBee competition on March 29, 2019.