October 20, 2010 12:00AM
A program encouraging Pittsburg State supporters to sport PSU license plates on their cars in Kansas is resulting in more scholarship dollars for students.
The Legacy Scholarship program, facilitated by the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, recently awarded 89 students with scholarships - revenue earned through the Gorilla License Plate program. The Legacy scholarships are awarded to students who had a parent graduate from PSU and who carry a 3.0 GPA or scored at least a 21 on their ACT.
For the first time this fall, the office held a congratulatory reception for the students, who shared a total of $33,000 in scholarship money. Students from counties that have a large number of license plate holders received slightly higher awards.
"This is a terrific scholarship program that gives an incentive to PSU supporters to promote the university by purchasing a license plate," said Johnna Schremmer, director of the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. "The children of alumni who attend PSU are the ones who benefit the most by receiving scholarships. It's a program in which everyone benefits, and we're pleased that so many of our students qualified."
Preston Page, a PSU freshman from Erie whose parents Mike and Julie Page both graduated from PSU, was awarded one of the legacy scholarships this fall.
"It has been nice to carry on the tradition of going to PSU," Page said. "To get a scholarship from the university just for that reason was a great surprise. It was really helpful."
The Legacy Scholarship Program first began 11 years ago by the PSU Alumni Association. An application has been submitted in the state of Missouri to start a Gorilla License Plate program there in 2011.
For more information on Legacy scholarships, contact the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations at 620-235-4758.