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Scholarship fund at St. Vincent to honor Kennametal exec

| Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, 11:13 p.m.
Carlos Cardoso is chairman, president and CEO of Latrobe-based Kennametal Inc., which makes tools and industrial materials.
Carlos Cardoso is chairman, president and CEO of Latrobe-based Kennametal Inc., which makes tools and industrial materials.

Officials of St. Vincent College and Kennametal Inc. wanted to make sure that even after Carlos Cardoso retires from the Unity-based company in December, his passion for education and business will continue for years.

The college has planned a Dec. 16 dinner to establish the Carlos Cardoso Scholarship Fund for business and engineering students in honor of the Kennametal CEO. Cardoso will retire Dec. 31 after nine years of leading the toolmaking company with 14,000 employees, including 1,200 in Pennsylvania.

Benedictine Archabbot Douglas Nowicki said Cardoso was reluctant to be honored at such an event until he knew it would benefit students.

“I think that was his willingness, if it would be a help to young people, especially with what education helped him to achieve,” Nowicki said.

Cardoso, 56, emigrated from Angola at age 17 with a scholarship to Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He then earned a master's degree in management from Rensselaer at Hartford and participated in the executive management program at Cornell University.

Cardoso has fostered the connection between education and manufacturing with such initiatives as the Young Engineers Program at Greater Latrobe, which began in 2012, and the Kennametal Center for Industrial Technology at Westmoreland County Community College's new Advanced Technology Center in East Huntingdon, Kennametal spokeswoman Lorrie Crum said.

“Carlos has been really determined about the fact that we need to promote more of that education,” she said.

Cardoso could not be reached for comment.

He has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Manufacturing Advisory Council and the U.S. Manufacturing Council to dispel the “four D's” that are called misconceptions about jobs in manufacturing: “dark, dirty, dangerous and dull,” Crum said.

Students need more technical skills to work in today's manufacturing industry, where applied math and science are necessary to excel, she said.

The scholarship fundraising event is planned for a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. Dec. 16 dinner at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road. Tickets are $100 per person, with sponsorship amounts available starting at $1,000.

Nowicki said he hopes the college can begin administering the scholarship for the 2015-16 school year to students who are “potential leaders in the field of engineering and business” based on academic ability and need.

“We want to acknowledge what great contributions he's given to the community,” Nowicki said of Cardoso.

Last week, Kennametal announced that Don Nolan, president of the materials group at Avery Dennison Corp., a Glendale, Calif.-based maker of labels and packaging materials, will work alongside Cardoso until he retires, then become his successor as chief executive officer.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer |for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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