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Great Dane Announces Annual Scholarship Winners

(August 7, 2012) Great Dane Trailers is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Great Dane college scholarships. Four children of Great Dane employees were named recipients, and the award recognizes each student's outstanding academic achievements.

Michael Durkee, Sebastian Peipher, Mishea'la Russell and Lauren Ashley were selected from a group of nationwide applicants.

Each year, an impartial third-party committee judges applications based on a combination of high school grade point average (GPA), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores and extracurricular activities. The highest-ranked applicant receives a four-year scholarship valued at $4,000, and the next three highest ranked students are awarded two-year scholarships valued at $2,000. This year's award also included a Kindle Fire for each of the scholarship recipients. Only the children of Great Dane's corporate, branch and manufacturing plant employees are eligible for these scholarships. Applicants not chosen for Great Dane scholarships were given a $50 gift card to Staples.


  • Lauren Ashley, daughter of Scott Ashley, Great Dane Savannah corporate office, won the four-year scholarship valued at $4,000. She graduated from Calvary Day School with high honors. While in high school, she was also an active member of the National Honor Society, a teaching assistant and a competitive dancer. Lauren plans to major in early childhood education at Armstrong Atlantic State University and will still pursue her love of dance through local performances.

  • Sebastian Peipher, son of Jack Peipher, Jr., Great Dane Danville plant, was awarded the two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. Sebastian graduated from Midd-West High School and SUN Area Technical Institute. He will attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology and plans to major in computer networking. After college, Sebastian would like to either become a network administrator for a company or start his own network consulting business.

  • Mishea'la Russell, daughter of David Rulon, Great Dane Savannah corporate office, was awarded the two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. She graduated from Bible Baptist School with honors and is also a member of Savannah Christian Church where she has been involved with the children's ministry. She will be attending Covenant College where she will study creative writing. Mishea'la has been writing fiction since the age of 12 and has already penned four full-length novels.

  • Michael Durkee, son of Richard Durkee, Great Dane Savannah corporate office, was awarded the two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. Michael is a graduate of Savannah Arts Academy and plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to develop his creative and technical skills as graphic designer. Michael, who produces music as a hobby, will also undertake a minor in sound design.