Ohio Collegiate License Plate Program + 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. Personalized plates are also available for an additional cost.

A note from the 2017 recipient:

This past May, The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University awarded Karl Mader (CWR ’17) a $2,500 scholarship through the generosity of Ohio-based alumni and friends who purchased CWRU-branded license plates. Here’s what the scholarship meant to him…

Every year is different, every class, every challenge and so there is no blanket strategy - you simply have to adapt to each obstacle as it is thrown at you. I can now look forward, and without seeing the exact challenges of tomorrow, know that I have the skill set to take on any – whatever comes my way. When I think about where I am today, I am proud of my struggle, everything I have achieved, and I realize just what a blessing this education has been. - Karl Mader (CWR '17)

Where are they now: Find out what 2016 scholarship recipients are doing

The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University was proud to award Andrew Getsy (CWR ’16, GRS ’16, mechanical engineering) and Rachel Katz (CWR ‘16) $5,000 worth of scholarships through the generosity of Ohio-based alumni and friends who purchased CWRU-branded license plates.

Andrew Getsy graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and completed a master of mechanical engineering in August. After graduation, he was hired by Magnus Engineered Equipment where he is the lead design engineer of a new product line. “Scholarship assistance,” says Getsy, “was important a because it allowed me to dedicate more of my time to my research instead of dividing it between that and a job to pay tuition."

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in May, Rachel Katz focused on a six-month immersive experience in Israel to “get a better grasp on [her] cultural roots.” Then, she returned to Cleveland, Ohio in November to start her career at General Electric where she is a participant in the operations and management leadership program (OMLP). Her short-term career goals include graduating from the OMLP program with a master of supply chain – she will take online classes offered through Penn State University in addition to her rotational programs in different GE Lighting/GE Current facilities and production plants. Of the opportunities the scholarship afforded her, Katz says, “I am truly grateful to be an Ohio License plate scholar and, now that I am working, I too bought a CWRU license plate to support a truly generous program!"

Scholarships are an important way to help our students find success. With your help, The Alumni Association can continue to award deserving 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.
  • Renew online