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Scholarship program funded by college license plate sales

By Matthew Winston

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 37 - August 8, 1996

Virginia Tech recently awarded scholarships to 10 Virginia students. The Hokie Spirit Scholarships are the university's first awards completely funded by revenue generated from Tech's participation in the Department of Motor Vehicles' CollegePlate program.

Two students were awarded $1,500 from the Hokie Spirit Scholarship fund. Eight others were awarded full tuition and fees for the 1996-97 academic year. The students were chosen based on a combination of need and merit. Each student also had to go through an interview process and submit an essay on the topic, "What Does It Mean To Me To Be A Hokie." Hokie Spirit Scholarships are renewed annually.

Scholarship recipients were Kemie Alexander, a junior in psychology; Daniel McGinnis, a senior in civil engineering; Shannon Millett, a senior psychology major; Robyn Moore, a junior art major; Theresa Dianne Mullins, a junior management science major; Tanya Nelms, a sophomore accounting major; Gregory Roberts, a junior computer engineering major; J. Mike Schmidt, a junior environmental science major; Deidre Watson, a sophomore biology major; and Benjamen Wright, a sophomore engineering major.

Virginia Tech has participated in the CollegePlate program since 1989. DMV transfers $15, or 60 percent of the plate cost, back to Virginia Tech for every plate bearing the university's shield or logo sold or renewed in the state of Virginia. Tech leads all schools in Virginia in plate sales and has generated more than $115,000. The university will continue to use all proceeds from the CollegePlate sales to fund the scholarship program.