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International Academic Competitions in partnership with our sponsors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is pleased to announce the prizes (not including trophies, plaques, and the like) which will be on offer at our eighth annual Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships for theThe National History Bee and Bowl, International Geography Bee and the US Geography Olympiad from April 27-29, 2018 in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC.

Once again, at our Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships, with the exception of the US Geography Olympiad, prizing will take the form of partial or full scholarships to attend the 3rd International History Olympiad (for the history events) and the inaugural International Geography Bee World Championships (for the International Geography Bee National Championships) both to be held in July 2018 in Berlin, Germany. We are aware that the Olympiad and the IGB World Championships are both an amazing opportunity for students to compete against the best students in the world, and that they are not cheap. The discounts offered below are our way of encouraging the best history and geography students in the USA to attend.

Please note that the prizes on offer in 2018 are similar to, but not entirely identical to the prizes from 2017. The prizes from 2017, for students who finished high enough to receive one, can be accessed here for reference.

The amounts below correspond to what each finisher receives in scholarships towards the Olympiad / IGB World Championships. Please note the following:

1. All credit must be used towards the 2018 Olympiad / 2018 IGB World Championships. If a student wins two or more prizes (including any from 2017), they are entitled to the highest prize amount, though prizes are not cumulative. This also holds for middle school students competing at Junior Varsity Nationals. Note that a student can win credit / free admission for IGB and the Olympiad though, and redeem them for whichever events they will attend. US Geography Olympiad prizes can also be redeemed if students are attending either or both the Olympiad and IGB Worlds.

2.  “Team member” is interpreted to mean students whose names are submitted on the final roster form for that team at the National Championships. However, if a team has over four students, the total credit given will be the price for four students for admission with standard occupancy, and then the team members and their coach can determine how this is split.
To clarify this: the amounts listed for each team are the maximum discount per student (i.e. a student cannot have more than that). However, if a team has over four students on it, then they can either send four students, each with the listed scholarship amount, or, they could split it further. So, for example, if a team of four received a listed discount of $200 ($800 total among four students), they could send five students all discounted at $160 (5 x $160 = $800 too) or just send four or fewer students, each of whom would receive $200 off.
Note, though, that if one student on a team of four finished, say, third in the Varsity Bee, then that student could claim a $750 discount, and the other three students on the team could still claim a $200 discount.

4. If students do not attend the 2018 Olympiad, 2018 IGB Worlds, or 2018 International Geography Olympiad, the credit cannot be transferred to any other event.

5. Students will not receive actual prize money (except for USGO JV students), but instead would simply need to submit less in the way of payment. For students winning travel, NHBB will book their flight.

6. The price of admission does include all meals at the Olympiad. Travel prizes include airport transfers in Berlin, but not travel to and from the departure airport in the USA. NHBB reserves the right to select the departure airport, though it will be within a 3 hour drive of the student’s hometown, and likely much closer.

7. Credit is only valid for participating students, not for coaches, parents, or non-champion students from the school the winning teams attend. Coaches, parents, and non-champion students are welcome to take part in the Coaches, Parents, and Family Program as described here for the History Olympiad and here for the IGB World Championships. Note that official coaches are eligible for discounts off the program as described on the website for the International History Olympiad and the Intl. Geography Bee World Championships.

National History Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships (4/28-29 in DC and Arlington)
Varsity and Junior Varsity
Champion – Full Admission per team member
Runner Up – $600 credit per team member
3rd place – $500 credit per team member
4th place – $400 credit per team member
5th-8th place – $300 credit per team member
9th-16th place – $250 credit per team member
17th-24th place – $200 credit per team member
25th-32nd place – $150 credit per team member
33rd-45th place -$100 credit per team member

Small School Champion – $500 credit per team member
Small School Second Place – $400 credit per team member
Small School Third Place – $300 credit per team member
Small School Fourth Place – $200 credit per team member
Small School Fifth Place – $100 credit per team member

Top Solo Team – $200 credit per team member
2nd Place Solo Team – $100 credit per team member
Consolation group winners – $100 credit per team member

Note: All Consolation group winning team members are entitled to participate at the Olympiad if they have not yet otherwise qualified.

National History Bee Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships (4/29 in Arlington)
Varsity and Junior Varsity
Champion – Full Admission and full travel
Runner Up – $1000 credit
3rd Place – $500 credit
4th Place – $400 credit
5th Place – $300 credit
6th Place – $250 credit
7th-20th Place – $200 credit
21st-32nd Place – $150 credit
33rd-40th Place – $100 credit
Consolation Bee – $100 credit for champion

Note: All Consolation Bee Champions and Runners Up are entitled to participate at the Olympiad if they have not yet otherwise qualified.

United States History Bee National Championships (4/27 in Arlington)
Varsity and Junior Varsity
Champion – Full Admission without travel
Runner Up – $600 credit
Third Place – $400 credit
4th-8th Place – $300 credit
9th-16th Place – $200 credit
17th-28th Place – $100 credit

Note: All USHB playoff finishers are entitled to participate at the Olympiad if they have not yet otherwise qualified.

United States Geography Olympiad Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships (4/27 in Arlington)
For Junior Varsity students: For the Champion, $600, Second Place, $400, Third Place, $200

For Varsity students: $1200 in credit to be used to defray costs of expenses of participation on Team USA at the 2018 Intl. Geography Olympiad in Quebec City. Note: if the total costs of the 2018 Intl. Geography Olympiad and Team Training Camp in Montreal do not total $4800, the balance will go to students to help cover their flights. If all flights have been covered, though, students do not receive the balance in cash.

International Geography Bee Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships (4/27 in Arlington)

Champion: Full Admission (without travel)
Runner Up: $700 credit
Third Place: $600 credit
Fourth Place: $500 credit
Fifth Place: $400 credit
Sixth Place: $300 credit
Seventh Place: $250 credit
Eighth Place: $200 credit
Ninth Place: $150 credit
Semifinalist (10th-24th Place): $100 credit

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