ASU 'Sparky' license plate count hits 16K milestone

Medallion Scholars celebrate 16,000 plates

Arizona State University’s collegiate, or “Sparky,” license plate has become a must-have item for an increasing number of Sun Devils on the go, with the program’s total plate count breaking the 16,000 plate mark for the first time ever. According to information from the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division, there were 16,217 Sparky license plates on the road as of June 30.

The license plate program provides funding for the Medallion Scholars, and the scholarship program is administered by the ASU Alumni Association. The Medallion Scholarship program gives financial support to ASU students who are Arizona residents, as well as opportunities to foster their personal development and leadership skills through various activities. For every Sparky license plate purchased, $17 of the $25 fee goes directly to the scholarship fund. More than 100 ASU students are currently part of the Medallion program.

Plate sales have seen solid growth since the plate received a design makeover in 2010. The current license plate features a bold look with Sparky the Sun Devil on an all-gold background. It can be customized with as many as six characters on the plate.

Christine Wilkinson, president of the ASU Alumni Association, said the steadily rising Sparky license plate sales demonstrate that Sun Devils love having a visible way to show off their pride for their alma mater.

“We’re pleased that our graduates and our fans appreciate ASU’s contributions to the community and want to share their Sun Devil pride wherever they drive,” she said. “We encourage all friends of the university to purchase a license plate and support this wonderful scholarship program that benefits ASU students who graduated from Arizona high schools.”

For more information about the Sparky license plate program and information on how to order a plate, visit To learn more about the Medallion Scholarship program, visit