In remembrance of the late W. Kevin O’Donnell, the CAN DO Community Foundation, in collaboration with CAN DO, Inc. and The Luzerne Foundation, seeks to honor O’Donnell’s legacy and his years of commitment to community service through the 'W. Kevin O'Donnell Memorial Scholarship Fund'.
The W. Kevin O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship will support a $2,500 annual scholarship to provide post-secondary tuition assistance for qualifying students residing within the geographic area of the Hazleton Area School District. Qualifying applicants must be admitted to and/or attending an accredited college or university to study Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Economic Development, or a similar field. Scholarships will be awarded based on community involvement and academic achievement and will be selected by a committee of individuals representing CAN DO, Inc., the O’Donnell Family, and the Luzerne Foundation.
Applications are currently being accepted for students interested in applying for the scholarship and can be found on the Luzerne Foundation website.
Kevin O’Donnell played a pivotal role in the economic development of the Greater Hazleton area. He first joined CAN DO as the organization’s second hired employee in 1973. Originally serving in the capacity of Assistant Director, Kevin was then promoted to Executive Director and in 1995, his title was later changed to President & CEO, a title which he held until his retirement in 2020.
During his time as President & CEO of CAN DO, Kevin helped bring regional, national, and global companies to Greater Hazleton – resulting in over 20,000 family sustaining jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually for the local economy. In addition to the numerous accolades and accomplishments Kevin achieved during his 47-year tenure with CAN DO, he was also one of the key incorporators of the CAN DO Community Foundation in 1992.
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