LATROBE, Pa., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kennametal Foundation today announced the winners of the 2013 Kennametal Foundation Scholarships.  Each winner is provided a $2,000 award renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study that can be used at any accredited U.S. college or university of the student's choice. 

"We are pleased to offer scholarships to these capable students, and wish them continued success in their academic careers," said Kennametal Chairman, President and CEO Carlos Cardoso. "We have proudly offered scholarships to children of employees here in the U.S. for 28 years, and it is just one of the many ways we support education. Globally, our foundation provides scholarship grants and funding supporting technical education across a network of institutions providing advanced education and training in material science, engineering and business disciplines. These investments are vital to the future of manufacturing, and they demonstrate our commitment to being the employer of choice for the best people."

The Kennametal Foundation is pleased to partner with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in administering this program.  The Kennametal Foundation Scholarship applications are reviewed by an impartial group from The National Merit Scholarship Corporation that reviews an applicant's academic record, qualities of leadership, extracurricular activities, PSAT scores and school recommendations.  Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.  The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 500 independent corporate and college sponsors that support National Merit Scholarship Corporation's efforts to honor the nation's scholastic talent and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

2013 Kennametal Foundation Scholarship Winners

Jeffrey Bogard
Union High School
Tulsa, OK
College Attending:  University of Oklahoma
Kennametal Employee/Parent:  Edward Bogard

Andrew C. Hanna
Greater Latrobe High School
Latrobe, PA
College Attending:  Georgia Institute of Technology
Kennametal Employee/Parent:  Jerry Hanna

Marissa L. Lakovic
McKeesport Area Senior High School
McKeesport, PA
College Attending:  Seton Hill University
Kennametal Employee/Parent:  John Lakovic

Alexis S. Ritson
Hempfield Area Senior High School
Greensburg, PA
College Attending:  Geneva College
Kennametal Employee/Parent:  Jeffery Ritson

Jacquelyn K. Kerby
Cuyahoga Falls High School
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
College Attending:  Kent State University
Kennametal Employee/Parent:  Robert Kerby

Celebrating its 75th year as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments. The company provides innovative wear-resistant products and application engineering and services backed by advanced material science, serving customers in 60 countries across diverse sectors of aerospace, earthworks, energy, industrial production, transportation and infrastructure. With approximately 13,000 employees and nearly $3 billion in sales, the company realizes half of its revenue from outside North America, and 40% globally from innovations introduced in the past five years. Recognized among the "World's Most Ethical Companies" (Ethisphere); "Outstanding Corporate Innovator" (Product Development Management Association); and "America's Safest Companies" (EHS Today) with a focus on 100% safety, Kennametal and its foundation invest in technical education, industrial technologies and material science to deliver the promise of progress and economic prosperity to people everywhere. For more information, visit the company's website at www.kennametal.com.

SOURCE Kennametal Inc.

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