January 8, 2007

Purdue plates pad student scholarship fund

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — More Hoosiers are showing their Boilermaker pride by purchasing Purdue University license plates now than ever.

In the 2006 calendar year, 25,046 Purdue license plates were sold for Hoosier vehicles, up from less than 20,000 in 2004.

Greg Kapp, associate vice president for advancement, said the increased sales represent a boon for Purdue students. The Purdue fee for the vanity tags goes directly to the university's scholarship fund. In 2006, license plate sales raised $626,150 for scholarships.

"We have seen a 28 percent increase in the number of plates over the last two years," he said. "This is good news for both Purdue and its deserving students."

Kapp attributes part of the sales increases to a streamlined purchasing process at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles that went into effect in January 2005.

The change allows those seeking Purdue license plates to pay the minimum $25 donation to the scholarship fund at the same time as other taxes and fees at the bureau, eliminating the need to contact Purdue and present a voucher at the branch. Purdue now collects its funds monthly via wire transfer from the bureau.

The Purdue License Plate Program has raised more than $4 million for scholarships since its inception in 1991. The plates are available for purchase by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Purdue.

Those wishing to purchase Purdue license plates this year can expect to pay the $25 scholarship donation, as well as a $15 charge for the specialty plate in addition to the vehicle owner's state taxes and fees. Kapp said motorcycle plates will also be available this year.

For more information about the Purdue License Plate Program, go online or call the University Development Office at (765) 494-2727.

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 496-9711, tanyabrown@purdue.edu

Source: Greg Kapp, (765) 494-9888, gkapp@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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