The Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship Fund was established on April 5, 2017 as an endowment to be held in perpetuity by MHEFI, to recognize and memorialize the important contributions of Mr. Heddles to the material handling industry. Heddles, Chairman and CEO of Tiffin Metal Products, Inc. and former member of the MHI Roundtable and Board of Governors, passed away on January 31, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He also served on the MHEFI Board of Directors, most recently as its Last Retiring President.


The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976. Since then, more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.


The Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to provide scholarships to students who have committed to the material handling, industrial distribution, engineering, logistics and supply chain industries. The Fund is managed and administered by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., an IRC 501C3 charitable organization.