When Joe Ventura, executive director for the national alumni association, instituted the collegiate license plate program 11 years ago, he knew it would someday do more than just promote Musketeer pride. And he was right.
In October, the alumni association created the legacy scholarship fund, which awards two, renewable $3,000 scholarships to entering freshmen directly descended from Xavier graduates, from money generated through the sale of specialized Xavier license plates. “The license plates not only demonstrate school pride but directly benefit legacy scholars who attend Xavier University,” Ventura says.
Awards are based on academic achievement, demonstrated service and leadership, and an essay on a selected topic. And the more alumni license plates sold, the more students will benefit.
“My goal has always been to provide a legacy fund,” Ventura says. “It’s just taken a long time to build the program.”