Program & Benefits

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WWU custom blue license plate

Put Viking Pride on Your Ride!

Drive your Viking pride with the the WWU license plate. The plate available at any Washington state Department of Licensing (DOL) office. Each purchase raises $28 to support WWU students. 

If your vehicle has a previous WWU plate design, we encourage you to make the switch. It's easy to keep your current plate number—simply visit your local licensing office. And for those who do not yet have a WWU plate, don't wait until your tab renewal—get one today!

 

APPLY FOR LICENSE PLATE

Vikings Get a Break!

Drivers who wish to receive gift credit from WWU for their plate donation can click here to email the registration info. If you prefer, simply fax a clear photocopy of the vehicle registration to (360) 650-2832 or mail it to the WWU Foundation, 516 High Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9034. Of the $30 annual WWU license plate fee, $28 is a tax-deductible gift to support scholarships at WWU.

FAQs

What if I already have a WWU plate?
You can get the same number or message on the new WWU plates through the DOL. You must visit your local DOL office to replace your current WWU plate with the new WWU plate. The DOL will charge a replacement fee to retain your current message or number. Contact your local DOL office for exact costs and fees.

How do I personalize my plates?
Check out the DOL's personalized plate search to see if your preference is available. You may personalize your plate with up to seven characters (6 characters for motorcycles), including letters, numbers, dashes, and spaces. No unusual characters (&,!, @, +, #, etc.) are allowed. Total costs may vary. for more information, go here.

How much does the WWU plate cost?
Total costs and fees may vary depending on your vehicle, but the new WWU plates cost $72.75. Contact your local licensing office for specific fees.

Why the green lettering?
​The WWU license plate features a solid blue background with green lettering. The green is a secondary color of the Western brand. The green lettering is detected better than white by the new camera technology used by the Washington State Department of Transportation.  

Do I have to be a WWU alumnus/a to get a WWU plate?
No. Anybody and everybody can purchase WWU plates. 

Do I have to wait until my tab renewal to get a new plate?
No. You can purchase a WWU plate at any time.

How do I purchase WWU plates?
Complete the application and mail to Vehicle Licensing, Department of Licensing, P.O. Box 9909, Olympia, WA 98507-8500, or take it to a licensing office. It's that easy.

Can I get a WWU plate for my motorcycle or scooter?
Yes! The cost for a motorcycle or scooter plate is $54.75.

How much of the registration fee is directed to WWU students?
For each plate sold, $28 goes directly to support scholarships for WWU students.

When will I receive my WWU plates?
The plates are mailed to the registered owner within two business days of purchase. 

What will my new plate number be?
Unless you request personalized plates, your new number will be assigned by the DOL computer system. Plates are assigned in numerical order when a transaction is finalized.

Can I keep my plate when I sell my car?
Yes! These plates may be transferred to your new vehicle. Be sure to register your new car with your existing plates with the DOL.

 

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A red brick with the words 'YOUR MESSAGE HERE 18 CHARACTERS PER LINE BE MEMORABLE!' inscribed on it

Campus Bricks

The brick walkways of WWU are a timeless part of Western’s history and character. For current students they represent the epicenter of campus life, and for many alumni they are a memory that has stayed with them long past the titles of their textbooks. Seize this opportunity to cement your name (or the name of a loved one) into the university's history as you are forever placed into Western’s historic Alumni Way.

 

OWN A PIECE OF WESTERN TODAY!

If you already own a brick, you can find its location by using our online searchable Google spreadsheet here, and then use our brick map to find exactly where on the path your brick is.

 

INSURANCE

The WWU Alumni Association sponsors an insurance program that offers a variety of attractively priced insurance products, many of which are available to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as their spouses, children, parents, and siblings:

Life Insurance

What if you weren't around to contribute to your household? What if you left unpaid bills or other expenses for your family to handle? And what if they didn't have the means to pay those bills, or even cover your funeral expenses? 

If you haven't reviewed your life insurance needs in a while, now is a good time to do so. Our Alumni Insurance Program offers products and tools to help. A variety of life insurance plans are available, with lots of choices, including:

  • Life for Life—affordable, fully-underwritten coverage with 10- and 20-year terms, from $100,000 to $2 million. 

  • Life to 95—term life insurance for adults ages 50 to 95, up to $100,000.

  • Children's Life—insure all of your children for just one premium. Once insured, those covered by this plan can remain insured for life.

  • Accidental Death—worldwide coverage 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Guaranteed acceptance.

 

All of these products are available to our graduates and their family members through the Alumni Insurance Program. 

We also offer free access to CALC, a confidential online calculator designed to help you analyze and estimate your life insurance needs. CALC considers educational aspirations of family members, investment yields, and even differences in regional living costs. And if you're unsure of which product is best for your situation, our Advisory Services team offers professional insurance agents who can answer questions about life insurance planning, and product-specific details.

Don't delay. To learn more about the group term life insurance we make available or to try CALC, visit wwu.meyerandassoc.com or call our Alumni Insurance Program administrator, Meyer and Associates, at 800-635-7801.

Other Coverage

 

​For more information visit meyerandassoc.com/wwu or contact the program administrator at 800-635-7801.

WWU Alumni Association Business Partners – The WWU Alumni Association occasionally endorses programs/businesses for exclusive use by alumni and friends. Alumni are informed of these endorsed programs through closely monitored mailings and emails. We never sell your information to third party vendors and we have strict confidentiality agreements with our partners.

FAQs

Q: Where can I find the terms and conditions of these products?
For information about the rates, fees, features, and benefits associated with the use of these products, or to apply, please refer to the disclosures accompanying the applications.

Q: What happens to my information on file with the Western Alumni Association?​
The WWU Alumni Association acts in accordance with the University's Security and Confidentiality policy. To view the University's Security and Confidentiality policy please visit: https://www.wwu.edu/admcs/CodeResp.shtml

Q: Does the Western Alumni Association provide student information to its partners and/or vendors?
No. The WWU Alumni Association has safeguards in place to protect students from being marketed to by our partners and vendors.

Q: How do I remove my name from mailings for this, and/or similar programs?
​To be excluded from future mailings and solicitations regarding these types of benefits programs please send an email to alumni@wwu.edu. We will be happy to honor your wishes, and you will still be able to receive alumni e-newsletters, Window magazine, informational pieces, and alumni program and event invitations.

More questions?
Contact the WWU Alumni Association at alumni@wwu.edu.

* The WWU Alumni Association receives compensation from vendors offering financial services benefits. Proceeds from these relationships are reinvested in alumni and student programming in support of Western Washington University.

 

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Woods Coffee Viking Blend coffee bag

VIKING BLEND

Supporting Western Student Scholarships!

Your WWU Alumni Association and Woods Coffee have teamed up to bring you Viking Blend whole bean coffee. Viking Blend is a mixture of Central and South American Fair Trade beans. This dark, full-bodied blend has flavors of chocolate citrus, blackberry, and spice featuring a pleasing sweet aroma, and rich flavors that combine malt and milk chocolate characteristics, with lingering caramel notes to finish.

For every bag sold, Woods donates $1 toward student scholarships!

Celebrate Western Wednesday at Woods

Whatcom Country residents can wear their Western gear into any Woods Coffee location, while bringing a reusable travel mug, and receive a free cup of Viking Blend!

 

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ALUMNI TRAVEL

We invite you to join Western alumni, family, and friends
on an adventure that suits your vacation style.

We have partnered with travel professionals, each with their own niche,
to create varied experiences and adventures for you.

NO TRIPS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME

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Viking Vines branded wine bottle

VIKING VINES

Support WWU while enjoying premium wines!

We welcome you to join Viking Vines, our exclusive wine club. Membership includes a selection of award-winning and premium vintages brought right to your door four times a year. You choose red, white, or a combination of the two, and we select hard-to-find premium vintages from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California. Whether you're an avowed oenophile or just looking for a good bottle of wine to enjoy, you will be pleased with our selections. A portion of your membership will go to support student scholarships and WWU Alumni Association programs. 

Benefits

Four regular shipments per year (February, May, October, December). Winery profiles so you can learn about the various wine producers. Food pairing suggestions for each release. As a Viking Vines member, you'll enjoy:

Choice of four club levels:
Old Main Reserve—four different bottles of premium red wine per shipment. Estimated cost per release $120–$160.

Red Square Select—two different bottles of premium red wine per shipment. Estimated cost per release $65–$100.

Blue & White—two different bottles of premium wine; one white and one red per shipment. 

Viking Plunder—one bottle of premium red wine per shipment. Estimated cost per release $25–$40

How does it work?

Current lifetime or annual members of the WWU Alumni Association are welcome to register for free. If you are not a member, you pay a one-time registration fee of $35 to join the wine club, which includes a one year Alumni Association membership. Your credit card will be automatically charged for each shipment. Membership may be canceled at any time—simply write or email at least two weeks before the next shipment.

JOIN VIKING VINES WINE CLUB