license plateBeginning in January, 2008, Georgetown College, along with the other 19 of Kentucky’s nonprofit, independent four-year colleges and universities, will have entirely new, campus-designed plates available for purchase from the Kentucky County Clerks offices.

A tree-framed “watermark” of Giddings Hall is the background of Georgetown’s plate; and the College’s distinctive crest is to the left of the license number. Alumni and friends will be proud to know that the design is by College Web Coordinator Jessica Ehleben Shields, who graduated from here in ’06 with an Art degree.

The new plates go on sale for January birth month renewals and new issues. Plates cost $44 upon initial issue, including the $10 for student scholarships (because these new plates replace the previous version). Renewal is $31 in subsequent years. Current plate holders interested in renewing early should check with their local County Clerk about renewal policies.

Plates must be purchased through the County Clerk’s office. To find contact information for your County Clerk, visit the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Licensing System website.

This is the first time that the institutions which constitute the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) have been able to design their own distinct Kentucky license plates for purchase by alumni, students, faculty, staff and other supporters of their institutions.

The license plates are designed to increase awareness of independent higher education options in Kentucky and to raise funds for student scholarships; $10 from the sale of each plate goes directly back to the campus to support student scholarships.

Join the friendly competition among the institutions – nicknamed the “battle of the bumpers” – to see which campus can sell the most plates annually. Currently, Georgetown College ranks third in sales behind Centre College and Transylvania University. It’s anticipated that the new designs will increase interest in the plates and the competition, ultimately raising more money to support student scholarships.