Material Handling Education Foundation

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the study of material handling, logistics, and supply chain; exposing students to the vast array of opportunities in the industry.

Established in 1976, the Foundation has provided funds through private and corporate donations to students, teachers, and their institutions. All programs and activities of the Foundation contribute to the development of future industry leaders, teachers and researchers.

During the academic year of 2012/2013, approximately $87,000 was awarded to 30 students. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million in scholarships and grants.

Scholarship Eligibility and Criteria

At the time of application, students must have completed at least two years of study. They must also be enrolled or provide proof of plans to enroll as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student. Students from two-year post-secondary schools are eligible if they have completed two years of study and have been accepted as a transfer student. All applicants must have maintained a “B” equivalent grade point average in post-secondary studies.

Eligible Programs of Study

  • Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in production management, industrial distribution, supply chain and/or logistics

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

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Will Heddles, President
Tiffin Metal Products Company
(419) 447-8414
Gregg Meyer, Vice President
Albion Industries
(800) 835-8911
Michael J. Laurent, Treasurer
(704) 696-1190
Donna Varner, Executive Director
(704) 714-8731
George Prest. Last Retiring President
(704) 696-1190
Sprague Ackley
(425) 501-8995
Jim Bowes
Peach State Integrated Technologies
(678) 327-2000
Sal Fateen
Seizmic, Inc.
(909) 869-0989
Gary Forger MHI
(704) 676-1190
Richard Uhlig
Spanco, Inc.
(610) 286-7200
John Hill
St. Onge Company
David Lippert
Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
(513) 454-2640
Brian McNamara
Southworth International Group, Inc.
(207) 878-0700
Gary Master
DC Velocity
(719) 495-5050
Stephen L. Parsley
Bastian Material Handling, Inc.
(513) 398-0382 Ext. 720
Liz Richards
(847) 680-3500
Jim Robertson
Laird Technologies
(724) 962-3571 Ext 61220
Mike Romano
(630) 588-3500
Jeff Smith
Auburn University
Larry Strayhorn
James K. Allred
J.K. Allred Consulting
(480) 213-2669
Don Frazier, Retired
Frazier Industrial
Sherman McLaughlin, Retired
ReedSmith LLP
(412) 731-7195
William Powell
Powell Systems, Inc.
(765) 884-0613
Al Wurz
Accu-Sort Systems, Inc.
(215) 723-0981
David Reh
Gorbel Inc.
(585) 924-6333
William Sbordon, Retired
Publisher Emeritus
(508) 528-0659
Arthur St. Onge
St. Onge Company
(717) 840-8181
Dr. James Tompkins
Tompkins International
(919) 876-3667