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. 

Recent recipients

Thanks to the generosity of Ohio-based alumni and friends who purchased Case Western Reserve-branded license plates, seniors Zoe Swenson and Andrew Gross each received a $2,500 scholarship during their last semester at the university.

Scholarship support allows students to focus on pursuing their passions—whether that’s through a career in law or combining a love of music with science.

Zoe Swenson

Zoe Swenson

“I’m a political science major explicitly because I [want] to make an impact. There are more than a lifetime’s worth of problems to solve working to correct our justice system’s flaws, and the people tasked with solving them are unfortunately often underpaid and overworked. 

“I have no illusions that working in public defense will be easy. But the work of helping people is never easy, and I would rather be doing that work than anything else.” —Zoe Swenson, Class of 2023, who won multiple writing and mock trial awards as a student and graduated with dual degrees in political science and English

Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross

“I’ve always been fascinated by those who are both artistically creative and scientific. I’d like to become one of those people, and in my time at [Case Western Reserve], I think I’ve gotten a little bit closer.

“I am extraordinarily grateful that CWRU has such an awesome community for people with interests of this nature.”
—Andrew Gross, Class of 2023, who played guitar throughout his time on campus and graduated with dual degrees in computer science and cognitive science

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.