Geography whiz kids vie for the 2012 National Geographic Bee title and $50,000 in college scholarships. The 2012 National Geographic Bee airs Monday, May 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11 and 1011). These ten young people will battle it out for the championship prize of a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will be awarded college scholarships of $15,000 and $10,000. Additionally, the national winner will travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands on an expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour.
This year’s top 10 national finalists as well as next year’s top 10 may be eligible for selection to the three-person team that will represent the United States at the international National Geographic World Championship in 2013, to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia.