CARBONDALE - The Illinois Secretary of State office is providing Southern Illinois University Carbondale another revenue stream for university scholarship programs with the unveiling Thursday of new personalized and vanity SIUC license plates.
"We're proud to be in partnership with this fine institution," said Secretary of State Jesse White, who spent most of the day here visiting SIU officials and seeing new campus developments such as the Morris Library expansion.
White's office also provided its mobile unit located in a Student Center ballroom that offered a variety of services such as renewing driver's licenses and state identification cards, purchasing annual plate license stickers, car titles and vehicle registrations.
Another important service offered was the chance to become an organ and tissue donor.
Still, it was the unveiling of a new license plate options that garnered the most attention.
Since June 2004, when the Secretary of State office offered SIUC personalized license plates, the school has received approximately $9,250 in gratuity from the office for scholarships, said Rich Piccioli, deputy director of the Illinois vehicle department.
The new collegiate license plates offer purchasers a new option to have just letters (vanity) or a combination of letters and numbers (personalized) printed to specifications. It costs $69 for a random plate, $116 for a personalized plate and $163 for a vanity plate.
With all SIUC license plates, whether a new plate or a renewal, $25 of the price goes toward SIUC scholarships.
New personalized plates can be ordered online by going to the secretary of state Web site at: www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
A rehabilitation facility for people with disabilities, Macon Resources Inc. of Decatur, manufactures all state license plates.
During the unveiling ceremony, White presented newly appointed SIU interim chancellor Sam Goldman with a framed personalized license plate.
Goldman welcomed White to the campus and said any SIU license plate purchase benefits the students of SIU.
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