Deadline March 15th
The West Virginia Cashin Recyclables Inc. Putnam County Scholarship will provide an undergraduate academic scholarship for a Putnam County youth to attend West Virginia University. A student who receives the scholarship one year is eligible for consideration in any other year.
Company co-owner Frank Baird was a West Virginia 4-H’er in Raleigh County from elementary school through high school. He attended club meetings after school, then caught the bus for home.
“West Virginia 4-H is a good program. You learned how to make things, how to do things, “said Baird. “There were good people involved in leading the program; many of the teachers and even the principal were involved in the 4-H program.”
Baird has cultivated a love for 4-H among his employees, who contribute to the company’s community support programs.
“While it is the company that has established these endowments, our employees are all just as committed to investing in the local community and in our state to make it a better place,” stated Baird. “It is important to see that our kids are educated.”
Baird has been in the recycling business in West Virginia for more than 40 years. He founded West Virginia Cashin Recyclables in Putnam County in 1987. The commercial recycling company, one of the largest recycling companies in West Virginia, employs more than 40 at its Nitro location. In 2002, his company received the Alcoa Quality Processor and Recycler of the Year Award. The award is presented annually by Alcoa Recycling Company and is bestowed on less than 1 percent of the more than 2,000 commercial recyclers in the nation.