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.

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 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.