In the early 1990’s UMES came out with specialty plates that allowed us to display our “Hawk Pride.” This provided an opportunity to distinguish your car from any other on the road. The office of Alumni Affairs is reviving this program and providing YOU the opportunity to purchase a personalized UMES Specialty Plates for your car, minivan, SUV. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Specialty plates will be issued to alumni, faculty, staff and students who are resident’s of Maryland, D.C. or Virginia. Identifying the driver as a UMES Supporter. As part of your purchase of the specialty plates, a portion of the purchase price will go to support the the "Circle of Hope" alumni emergency assistance fund, this fund is being established to provide emergency funding for students that are in jeopardy of not being able to continue at UMES due to back bills and other similar financial obligations. The total cost is $50.00 with a $25 dollar donation to the "Circle of Hope" and the plates can only be purchased through the Office of Alumni Affairs.