PULLMAN, Wash.—A popular specialty license plate will help Washington State University students receive a record amount in scholarship funds.

Scholarship funds from the popular Washington State University license plates hit a new record of $613,283, according to the WSU budget office. The funds from the specialty plates go to scholarships for students in the WSU system.

“It’s a thrill to see Cougar pride expressed so earnestly across the state and in a way that benefits the education of future Cougs,” said Tim Pavish, executive director of the WSU Alumni Association, which manages the WSU plate program.

The license plates are the number-one specialty plate in the state of Washington. Reports said the Cougar plates have been popular in the state since they hit the road in 1994.

Reports said, of the 44 specialty plates issued by the state Department of Licensing, the WSU plate is the most popular. Following the WSU plates in popularity are plates for the Seahawks, the Law Enforcement Memorial and some other state university.

According to the latest licensing figures, WSU plates account for 22,935 of the 147,895 specialized plates currently registered in the state.

Reports said the costs and fees for new specialty plates vary, but $28 of each WSU plate goes towards scholarships.