Material Handling Education Foundation

Mission Statement

“To attract students to the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry by providing financial support”

Values Statement

MHEFI will do this by:

  1. Acting ethically, honestly and with integrity
  2. Treating all with respect, courtesy and dignity
  3. Awarding financial support fairly based on perceived merit and applicant passion for the industry
  4. Being a good steward of the funds entrusted to us


The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976.

  • MHEFI has awarded over $2.5 million in scholarships and grants to university students since 1976
  • MHEFI has awarded over $150,000 to CTE students and programs in the United States since 2003
  • Eighty percent of the students supported by MHEFI work in the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry
  • MHEFI awarded 42 scholarships for the 2018/2019 academic year for a total of $131,000
  • MHEFI awarded $6,500 for the 2017/2018 academic year to Career & Technical Education (CTE) students and programs

For more information, please contact Donna Varner at or 704-676-1190.

MHEFI Making a Difference for Material Handling, Logistics and Supply Chain Students

“The MHEFI scholarship wasn’t just an honor, it also highlighted the significance of my work in the material handling industry. And as a PhD student, the opportunity to attend the professional conferences in this area was very advantageous for me.”*

Parvaneh Jahani, Operations and Solutions Analyst at Intelligrated, Honeywell – Graduated from the University of Louisville with a PhD in industrial engineering.

"My academic career has been significantly impacted by MHI, and the scholarship I received from the Material Handling Education Foundation was really a tremendous help and motivated me to continue my work in this area. Now that I have graduate students who are interested in supply chain management and logistics, I encourage them to use the resources that MHI offers and apply for the scholarships, which are great, especially when you’re living on a graduate student’s salary."*

Leily Farrokhvar, Assistant Professor at West Virginia University - Graduated from Virginia Tech with a PhD in industrial and management systems engineering.

“The MHEFI scholarship was especially meaningful in that with other scholarships and a part-time job, I was able to graduate without student loans.”*

Seth Willmarth, Lean Practitioner for Boeing – Graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution.

“The MHEFI scholarship really helped me financially, and I was very happy when I got it.”*

Esmaeel Moradi, Optimization Engineer II at Schneider National – Graduated from Oklahoma State University with a PhD in operations research.

“Winning the MHEFI scholarship was amazing and attending the annual conference of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association in Orlando, FL was an experience I won’t forget . . . I made a lot of connections and learned a lot about the material handling industry.”*

Kaleb Moore, Warehouse Supervisor at Baxter International, Inc. – Graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution and logistics.

“Landing the MHEFI scholarship was so great. Even though materials handling didn’t become the focal point of my career, it plays a pretty significant role still, and being honored with a scholarship was really humbling.”*

Peter Scheutzow, Program Manager, Autopilot & AI at Tesla – Graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and management.

“The MHEFI scholarship was really awesome. It helped pay for the last year of school, which I was not anticipating paying for, and it was great to get it from the material handling industry since I had an interest in going into that field as a career path.”*

Sage Childs, Associate Project Manager at FIRST RF Corporation – “Graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

“I had applied for a ton of scholarships in the hopes of offsetting some of the loans that I was taking out, being an out-of-state student. The degree was worth it and finding out that I had received a scholarship from the material handling industry was a huge relief for me. It had a big impact by helping me continue at Georgia Tech because I was paying for school myself.”*

Alina Cornejo, Supply Technician at PAE – Graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

*As first published in MHI Solutions magazine.