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GSU unveils new specialty license plate
Officials: Tag to display school spirit, contribute to school scholarships
license plate unveil
Brooks Keel, Georgia Southern University President, Dominique Quarles, SGA President and Wendell Tompkins, Director of Alumni Relations, show off Georgia Southern's new specialty license plate Friday at the university.

On the campus of Georgia Southern University Friday, school President Brooks Keel unveiled a new way for “The Eagle Nation” to express its support.
In a morning event on Sweetheart Circle, Keel introduced Georgia Southern staff and students to a redesigned official motor vehicle license plate available for purchase through the Georgia Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division.
The blue and white plate, which features a stylized logo and the words “The Eagle Nation,” will showcase a purchaser’s school spirit and, more importantly, contribute to the future success of Georgia Southern students, Keel said.
“Georgia Southern is all about getting students, faculty, staff, alumni, and everyone in the Statesboro community and beyond to be true-blue, and show their commitment to the university. This is a new way for everyone to show that they are a passionate member of the Eagle Nation,” he said. “In addition to being a great way to show that pride, the State of Georgia is going to, for the first time, provide a percentage of the sale of each plate back to Georgia Southern University. The proceeds from these plates and their renewals in the years to come will support future generations of Georgia Southern students through Governor Deal’s new REACH program.”
The REACH Scholarship (Realizing Educational Achievements Can Happen) is a new needs-based scholarship program. Students who complete the REACH program’s requirements will receive a renewable yearly tuition scholarship of $2,500 to be used at any HOPE eligible institution. The amount is intended cover the average gap between other needs-based scholarships, such as Pell, and the full cost of attendance.
“Through this program, we can offer needs-based scholarships that will allow us to address some of the neediest and some of the brightest kids in this state, Keel said. “We are looking forward to this opportunity.”
The new tag is available now in tag offices throughout the state of Georgia.
According to Keel, the Georgia Department of Revenue will charge $80 for the first year of the plate; each following year will cost $55.
“Georgia Southern estimates that there are 58,000 Georgia Southern alumni living in the state of Georgia alone. Combine that with the more than 18,000 students who are from Georgia that are currently enrolled, and add our 2,100 faculty and staff members, and there is potential to have more than 80,000 Georgia Southern license plates on cars, trucks and SUVs throughout the state,” Keel said. “My goal is to get as many people as possible to buy one. I want to be able to drive down any interstate, highway, street or dirt road in this state and see these beautiful plates on every car.”
The new plate, which was designed by Georgia Southern graphic design alumna Victoria Sprankel, is an upgrade to a plate previously offered by the university and the state.
“It looks a little different than the specialty plate we’ve already had in place for many years,” Keel said. “This new plate has a little more attitude — a little more swagger. It will help us continue to build the Georgia Southern brand throughout our state and this great nation.”
For more information about the new license plate, people can visit www.georgiasouthern.edu/licenseplate.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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