Centre wins "Battle of the Bumpers" for fifth-straight year
RELEASED: March 20, 2008
DANVILLE, KY—For the fifth-straight year, students, alumni and friends of Centre College lead Kentucky in 2007 in "putting their pride on their (license) plates."
Each year the Commonwealth's nonprofit independent colleges and universities extend their friendly rivalries to the highways as campuses compete to see whose supporters can generate the most money for student scholarships through sales of campus-branded "Independent Higher Education" Kentucky specialty license plates. The competition, overseen by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), returns $10 from the sale of each plate to the named campus's general scholarship fund.
This is the first time since the program's inception, however, that institutions that constitute AIKCU have been able to design their own distinct Kentucky license plates.
The first independent college and university plates hit Kentucky highways in 2002. AIKCU worked with the General Assembly to establish the "Independent Higher Education" Kentucky license plate series during the 2000 General Assembly. However, under the statutes and regulations that existed at the time, all AIKCU-member colleges and universities had to share a common plate background and color scheme, with individual campuses differentiated only by their logo stickers and individual taglines.
"The support shown for Centre is inspiring," says Shawn Lyons '81, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs. "Whether that support is measured by the number of alumni buying license plates, the percentage making contributions to the College or their assistance in recruiting outstanding students, Centre alumni can be counted on to do amazing things."
The 2008 license plate competition began on January 1, and friends of Centre have plenty of time to purchase or renew plates for the 2008 "Battle of the Bumpers."
For more information about the program, visit The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities site.
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