2013 sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates generate nearly $50,000 in student scholarships
Transylvania University is once again AIKCU’s “Battle of the Bumpers” champion, winning its 6th straight crown with a record 947 license plate sales in 2013. Overall, 4,958 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Kentucky’s 20 private nonprofit colleges and universities showed their pride by purchasing institutionally-branded Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates in 2013.
Transylvania has been planted firmly atop the friendly competition to see which AIKCU member can generate the most license plate sales since overtaking five-time champion Centre College in 2008.
Transy has made it a priority to promote their distinctive plates to alumni throughout Kentucky and to members of their campus community. “I’m so excited that our continued promotion is working,” said Natasa Mongiardo, Transylvania’s director of alumni programs. “We are aiming for 1,000 plates this year!”
Centre College was second behind Transylvania in this year’s Battle of the Bumpers with 768 plates sold, with Georgetown College (606) and Bellarmine University (552) rounding out the top four once again this year. Bellarmine saw the largest net increase in plates on Kentucky roadways, with 63 more plates sold in 2013 than in 2012. University of Pikeville saw the largest percentage gains, with 31 percent more sales in 2013 than in 2012.
Ten dollars from the sale of every plate, which can be purchased at any Kentucky County Clerk’s office when licensing or renewing a vehicle registration, goes to the college or university for student scholarships. Last year Kentucky drivers generated $49,580 in scholarships for students at AIKCU institutions. License plate sales have raised almost $410,000 for scholarships since the original Kentucky Independent Higher Education plates debuted in 2002.
Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates cost $44 upon initial issue and $31 at renewal, including the $10 that goes to the campus for student scholarships. For more information, including photos of all Kentucky Independent Higher Education license plates and contact information for your County Clerk, visit the Kentucky Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing.