yenchkoIn June 2009, the CAN DO Community Foundation presented the first Joseph Yenchko Awards – scholarships named for the first CAN DO employee – to three area students to attend Ferrwood Music Camp.

Foundation President Gary F. Lamont said, “The musical education provided at Ferrwood Music Camp is part of a well-rounded education, and the CAN DO Community Foundation is happy to link the legacy of Joe Yenchko and CAN DO to Ferrwood.”

Joe Yenchko, who passed away in August 2008, was CAN DO’s first employee. He served as the full-time director of industrial development for 21 years. He was also one of the creative forces behind Valmont and Humboldt industrial parks and was responsible for the construction of more than 80 industrial buildings in Greater Hazleton, pioneering the concept of shell buildings. Yenchko shared CAN DO’s mission and methods of success with organizations and committees across the United States.

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Each year since the award program's initiation, the CAN DO Community Foundation has given scholarships to students to attend music camp at Ferrwood that summer. The 2013 recipients were Melissa Clatch of Drums, a student at Drums Elementary/Middle School; Sarah Habel of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School; Hannah Kunetz of Hazle Township, a student at McAdoo/Kelayres Elementary/Middle School; Megan Novak of Freeland, a student at Freeland Elementary/Middle School; Dustin Snyder of White Haven, a student at Freeland Elementary/Middle School; and Angelina Umbriac of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School.

The CAN DO Community Foundation also secures scholarship funding from other organizations in Greater Hazleton. A committee of representatives from the foundation then decides on Ferrwood scholarship recipients granted through that funding. 

The North Penn Bank Charitable Trust scholarship recipients for 2013 were Morgan Gonzalez of Drums, a student at Drums Elementary/Middle School; Nadine Mumaw of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School; Keenan Overa of Drums, a student at MMI Preparatory School; Kayla Paredes of Fern Glen, a student at Valley Elementary/Middle School; and Brian Rigotti of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School.

The Chic Sacco scholarship recipients for 2013 were Janessa Clatch of Drums, a student at Drums Elementary Middle School; Fanny Rodriguez of Hazleton, a student at Heights Terrace Elementary Middle School and Zashary Rodriguez of Hazleton, a student at Heights Terrace Elementary Middle School.

The Colleen Shea Children’s Foundation scholarship recipient for 2013 was Jordana Perez of Hazleton, a student at Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School.