Ohio Collegiate License Plate Program and Scholarship

Image of Spartie, on a sunny day standing in front of the Linsalata Alumni Center holding the Ohio CWRU Alumni License Plate

Case Western Reserve University license plates are available under the Bureau of Motor Vehicles' Ohio Collegiate Plate Program. Ohio residents can promote their alma mater and show their CWRU spirit while providing funds toward needed scholarship support for current students.

The CWRU collegiate plate is available for passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, and leased vehicles. Order the specialty license plates when your current plates are due for renewal. You can also exchange your current plates any time between registration periods, and credit will be given for registration and permissive taxes already paid.

Twenty-five of the $35 cost for collegiate plates qualifies as a charitable gift to Case Western Reserve University and provides needed financial aid for students. Please note that additional vehicle registration fees apply to the total cost of plate renewal. Personalized plates are also available for an additional cost. 

Our 2022 scholarship recipient:

In May, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University awarded Paige Lilly (CWR ’22) a $2,500 scholarship through the generosity of Ohio-based alumni and friends who purchased CWRU-branded license plates. Here is what Paige had to say about her CWRU experience:

Paige Lilly

"When I first came to Case Western Reserve University, I was a stubborn-headed —but determined—pre-medical student. I planned to double major in biology and English, combining a degree that would prepare me for my future career and one that I had categorized as 'stress relief.' I spent my first two years cramming over chemistry exams while quietly slipping in literature and creative writing courses when possible. Approaching my junior year, however, I became increasingly aware of my priorities in life. I knew that my ultimate goal was to serve others and not only inspire but support those in need. 

I had convinced myself that the only way to accomplish a dream so big was to pursue medicine. But I quickly came to realize that, while I was spending hours studying organic compounds, my heart was pining for something completely different. I wanted to write poetry and read books about fantastical adventures that would never take place in reality. I liked learning about medicine, but I love English. So when I finally made the jump and dropped biology from my roster and committed myself full-time to English, I honestly was scared. 

I have had professors who have not only inspired me but believed in me and my work even when I was at my lowest. My mentors have encouraged me to pursue my unique voice and the things that matter most to me. It is through those people that I realized that it doesn't take medicine to help, inspire and support. So when asked what has been my most meaningful achievement, though it may sound silly, it is by far choosing English and, as a result, choosing myself while overcoming the weight of expectancy." 

Scholarships are an important way to help our students find success. With your support, The Alumni Association can continue to award deserving Ohio students in financial need. Please consider purchasing a CWRU-branded license plate whenever you renew or purchase license plates.

How to Order

  • By request at your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles. View a list of Bureau of Motor Vehicle branch office locations 
  • Get more information by phone – 800.589.TAGS (800.589.8247)
  • Online (not available for leased renewals)
  • Download the Order Form
    Request forms are available at any Deputy Registrar's office. The customer may complete the form associated with the desired Special Plate and send it with special documents to the address listed on the form. Special plates will be mailed to the customer to the address shown on the application.