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Great Dane Announces Scholarship Winners

Great Dane Announces Annual Scholarship Winners

Savannah, GA – (July 18, 2013) Great Dane has announced the winners of its 2013 college scholarships. Four children of Great Dane employees were named recipients and were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements.

Selected from a large number of nationwide applicants, Great Dane is proud to congratulate Mackenzie Jeffries, Courtney Smith, Jace Evans and Rory O'Donald Maharrey for their accomplishment and wishes each success next year in college.

Each year, Great Dane awards four scholarships 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 each. This year's awards also included a Kindle Fire HD for each of the scholarship recipients. Children of Great Dane's corporate, branch and manufacturing plant employees are eligible and encouraged to apply for these annual scholarships.


  • Mackenzie Jeffries, daughter of Jon Jeffries, Great Dane Savannah corporate office, won the four-year scholarship valued at $4,000. She graduated from Plainfield High School in Indiana, where she played varsity basketball, varsity softball and was student class president. Mackenzie plans to major in exercise science at Georgia Southern University and ultimately obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.
  • Courtney Smith, daughter of James Smith, Great Dane Springdale branch, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. She graduated from Fayetteville High School in Arkansas as an advanced placement scholar. While in high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Distributive Education Clubs of America, and also a competitive dancer. Courtney will attend the University of Arkansas and plans to major in chemistry with an emphasis on pre-pharmacy.
  • Jace Evans, son of Kevin Evans, Great Dane Jonesboro plant, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. He graduated from Greene County Tech High School in Arkansas with honors. Jace will attend the University of Central Arkansas and plans to major in business administration.
  • Rory O'Donald Maharrey, son of Robert Maharrey, Great Dane Savannah corporate office, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was Academic All-State at Lufkin High School in Texas, where he also played varsity soccer. Rory plans to major in mechanical engineering at Clemson University.


Great Dane, a manufacturer of dry van, refrigerated and platform trailers, has long been regarded as the industry leader in technology, innovation and quality. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has additional corporate offices in Savannah, Ga., with manufacturing plants and a parts distribution center strategically-located throughout the United States. Great Dane's network of company-owned branches and full-line independent dealers and parts-only independent dealers offer distribution points for both trailers and aftermarket parts across North and South America. Great Dane can be accessed online at http://www.greatdanetrailers.com.

The company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies, acquired in 2010, is the innovator and manufacturer of custom fiberglass, specialized refrigerated truck bodies and trailers that range from eight to 36-ft. in length. With headquarters in Rice Lake, Wis., markets include dairy, meat, frozen food, keg beer, live poultry, vending products, flowers and plants, and ice. Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies can be accessed online at www.johnsontruckbodies.com.