Arizona Marine Corps plate to aid scholarship fund

Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Arizona Campaign announced the launch of the U.S. Marine Corps Arizona specialty license plate.

Of the $25 registration fee, $17 will go to the Scholarship Foundation to support local students in its mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.

Since its inception in 1962, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has awarded 35,000 scholarships valued at nearly $100 million to the sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen nationwide, according to a press release.

“For those of us who didn’t serve, displaying the Marine Corps license plate is a public way to acknowledge, and thank, those who did,” stated Deborah Carstens, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation national board member, in the release. “Additionally, these plates help support a 53-year old organization that honors the sacrifices of Marines by providing college scholarships for their children.”

Working with State Representative Sonny Borrelli, a Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, and sponsor of the bill, members of the Scholarship Foundation’s Arizona Committee assisted in the process of getting the bill passed through the legislature, the release stated.

After the Governor signed the bill, the committee played a pivotal role working with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the plate’s design. For the current 2015-16 academic year, 87 students from and/or attending school in Arizona received more than $240,000 in scholarships, according to the release.

The USMC plate is the newest of nearly 40 specialty plates in the state, approximately half a dozen of which are military-related. The plate is available to the general public and military service or affiliation is not required, stated the release. Specialty plates and can be ordered and personalized online at or at any Arizona MVD office.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Arizona Campaign will officially unveil its specialty plate at the Fifth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner on Sept. 12. Hosted at the Westin Kierland, the event is being held in conjunction with Marine Week Phoenix and celebrates local scholars and the community that supports them, stated the release.

To learn more about the Awards Dinner, scholarship eligibility or opportunities to get involved, visit


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