Great Dane announces annual scholarship winners

Great Dane recently named four children of Great Dane employees winners of its 2016 college scholarships. The scholarships recognize Blake Toman, Connor Cross, Allyson House and Alyssa Yocom for their outstanding academic achievements. The four were selected from a large number of nationwide applicants, the company said.

Great Dane annually awards one four-year scholarship of $1,000 per year and three two-year scholarships of $1,000 per year. Children of Great Dane employees nationwide are eligible. Scholarship winners are selected from graduating high school seniors based on several categories, including grade point average (GPA), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) scores, honors received, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.

Blake Toman, son of Jeff Toman, corporate controller at the Great Dane’s Chicago corporate office, won the four-year scholarship valued at $4,000. He graduated from Academy of Higher Learning Homeschool where he was a member of the debate, golf and varsity soccer teams. He also served as president of the 4-H Club and hosted a student exchange program. Blake plans to attend Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, where he will major in economics and business analytics.

Connor Cross, son of David Cross, PC technician I at the Great Dane Wayne plant, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. He graduated from Laurel-Conford-Coleridge High School where he was a member of the choir, track and field team, student council and National Honor Society. He also served as president of the science club and treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America. Connor plans to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha where he will major in electrical engineering.

Allyson House, daughter of Timothy House, CATIA engineer II at the Great Dane Brazil plant, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. She graduated from Terre Haute South Vigo High School where she was a member of the key club, student senate and National Honor Society. She also served as a peer educator and yearbook captain. Allyson plans to attend Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Alyssa Yocom, daughter of Steven Yocom, product engineering manager at the Great Dane Brazil plant, was awarded a two-year scholarship valued at $2,000. She graduated from Clay City High School where she was captain of the softball and basketball teams and a member of the varsity volleyball team. She was also a recipient of the Scholar Athlete Award. Alyssa plans to attend Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she will major in athletic training.

In addition, Great Dane recently named two children of Great Dane full-line dealership employees winners of its 2016 college scholarships for full-line dealers. The scholarships recognize Mary Gilmore and Teaghan Hignett for their academic achievements.

Great Dane annually awards two $1,000 scholarships to children of Great Dane full-line dealership employees. Scholarship winners are selected from graduating high school seniors based on several categories, including grade point average, Scholastic Aptitude Test or American College Testing Program scores, honors received, extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.

Mary Gilmore, daughter of Jerry Mickey, regional accounting manager at Missouri Great Dane Trailers, graduated from Brentwood High School where she served as vice president of the student body and captain of the volleyball team. She plans to attend the University of Missouri Columbia where she will major in physical therapy.

Teaghan Hignett, daughter of Mike Hignett, equipment remarketing manager for Glasvan Great Dane Sales, graduated from Garth Webb Secondary School where she played volleyball, basketball, rugby, soccer and softball. Teaghan plans to attend the University of Western Ontario where she will major in health sciences.

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