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University Students:

The Call for Scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year was launched on November 6, 2018.

The Foundation will offer scholarship award opportunities to students who possess a commitment to the material handling, logistics and/or supply chain industry. Ways to demonstrate this commitment include but are not limited to:

  • Related coursework
  • Internships/Co-ops/Industry experience including attendance at industry sponsored events (local and national)
  • Related projects, papers or research
  • Other tangible indicators reflecting an understanding of the industry’s value proposition

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 and must be used for costs relating to tuition, fees and books associated with attending school full-time. One application allows students to compete for multiple scholarships offered by the Foundation.

Target programs:

Students from programs listed below that have a focus on material handling, logistics and/or supply chain management are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Business & Management

Qualified Schools:

Some post-secondary schools and programs have been pre-qualified. Other programs in schools located in the United States are qualified if they are accredited by:

  • ABET

Scholarship eligibility and criteria include:

For the 2019/2020 academic term, the following students are eligible to apply:

  • Students enrolled full time at a qualified four-year school in bachelors, masters or doctoral program that is on the target list of programs. Bachelors student must be classified as a junior or senior in the Fall 2019 term to be eligible.
  • Students from two-year, post-secondary schools (e.g., junior, community, or technical colleges) are eligible if the student has completed a minimum of two years of study and has been accepted as a transfer student to a target four-year baccalaureate program at a qualified school in the United States.
  • All applicants must be full-time students with a "B" grade point average in their major.

New Opportunities for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Students:

MHEFI provides financial support to CTE programs to help resolve the workforce shortages that exist in the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry.

Financial support could include, but not limited to, certification programs, experiential grants to attend industry sponsored events, instructional materials, workshops, etc.

Visit for more information on MHI’s CTE programming and how to apply for financial support.

Complete the online application at One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships.

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required as supporting documentation with your application. Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can confirm and briefly explain the applicant’s evidence of commitment to the industry (e.g., relevant coursework, internships/co-ops/industry experience, related projects/papers/research, and/or other tangible indicators). Ideal candidate for writing these letters include:

  • A faculty member familiar with your coursework and/or projects
  • A direct supervisor during your work experience
  • An individual who made it possible for you to attend an industry event
  • Anyone familiar with you and your connection to the industry who can verify your commitment and understanding of the industry’s value proposition

Letters of Recommendation must be sent to the Foundation directly from the author. Please note . . . We will not accept Letters of Recommendation forwarded by the applicant. The authors should e-mail the recommendations in the form of a Word document, pdf or e-mail to .

Official transcripts of all academic work completed beyond high school is also required as supporting documentation with your application. This includes your current school, prior schools and/or community, technical or junior colleges. Official transcripts must be sent to the Foundation directly from the Registrar’s office or equivalent office at the school. Official transcripts can be sent two ways:

  • Preferred . . . Via e-mail from the school with a secure download link sent to .
  • Via regular postal mail directly from the school to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Please note: International Master's Degree or PhD students do not have to provide international transcripts from their bachelor’s degree if they are currently enrolled in an eligible school and in a target program in the United States and their current US transcripts can be provided.

Students may also upload other supporting documentation to demonstrate their commitment and understanding of the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry such as:

  • Resume
  • Research Paper
  • Project Summary
  • White Paper
  • Case Study
  • Other

The online application, three (3) letters of recommendation and all official transcripts must be received in the Foundation offices by January 15, 2019.

Scholarship awards for the 2019/2020 academic term will be announced by April 30, 2019.

Begin Application

For more information on becoming a pre-qualified school, please contact Donna Varner at or 704-676-1190.

Arizona State University
Industrial Engineering
Tempe, AZ
Auburn University
Industrial Engineering, Marketing & Transportation
Auburn, AL
Bradley University
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering & Tech
Peoria, IL
Brigham Young University
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Provo, UT
California Polytechnic State University
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
San Luis Obispo, CA & Pomona, CA
Clarkson University
Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management
Potsdam, NY
Clemson University
Industrial Engineering
Clemson, SC
Cornell University
Operations Research & Industrial Engineering
Ithaca, NY
East Carolina University
School or Business
Dept. of Industrial Distribution & Logistics
Greenville, NC
Eastern Illinois University
School of Technology
Charleston, IL
Florida International University
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Miami, FL
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Georgia Southern University
Dept. of Marketing & Logistics
Statesboro, GA
Indiana State University
Manufacturing & Construction Technology
Terre Haute, IN
Iowa State University
Industrial & Mfg. Systems Engineering
Logistics, Operations & Mgmt. Info. Systems
Ames, IA
Kansas State University
Industrial & Mfg. Systems Engineering
Manhattan, KS
Kettering University
Industrial & Mfg. Systems Engineering
Flint, MI
Lehigh University
Industrial & Mfg. Systems Engineering
Bethlehem, PA
Maine Maritime Academy
International Business & Logistics
Castine, ME
Merrimack College
Department of Electrical Engineering
North Andover, MA
Michigan State University
School of Packaging
East Lansing, MI
Mississippi State University
Industrial Engineering
Mississippi State, MS
Montana State University
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Dept.
Bozeman, MT
Murray State University
Industrial & Engineering Technology
Murray, KY
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Industry & Manufacturing Engineering
Newark, NJ
North Carolina A&T State University
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Greensboro, NC
North Carolina State University
Industrial Engineering
Raleigh, NC
Northern Illinois University
Industrial Engineering
Dekalb, IL
Ohio University
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Athens, OH
Ohio State University
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Columbus, OH
Oklahoma State University
College of Engineering, Architecture & Tech.
Electrical & Computer Engineering Stillwater, OK
Oklahoma State University
School of Industrial Engineering
Norman, OK
Oregon State University
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Corvallis, OR
Penn State University
Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Quality & Manufacturing Management
University Park, PA
Purdue University – Calumet
Mfg. Engineering Technology & Supervision
Hammond, IN
Purdue University
School of Industrial Engineering
West Lafayette, IN
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Decision Sciences & Engineering Systems
Troy, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester, NY
Rutgers University
Industrial Engineering
Piscataway, NJ
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Edwardsville, IL
Southern Polytechnic State University
Industrial Engineering Technology
Marietta, GA
Stanford University
Industrial Engineering & Engineering Mgmt.
Stanford, CA
State University at Buffalo
Industrial Engineering Department
Buffalo, NY
Tennessee Technological University
Industrial Engineering Department
Cookeville, TN
Texas A&M University
Engineering Technology & Industrial Dist./Eng.
College Station, TX
Texas Tech University
Industrial Engineering
Lubbock, TX
University of Alabama
Industrial Engineering
Tuscaloosa, AL
University of Arizona
Systems & Industrial Engineering
Tucson, AZ
University of Arkansas
Industrial Engineering
Material Science & Engineering
Structural Engineering
Fayetteville, AR
University of Central Florida
Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems
Orlando, FL
University of Florida
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Gainesville, FL
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Urbana, IL
University of Houston
Industrial Engineering
Houston, TX
Universite Laval
Operations & Decision Systems
Quebec, Canada
University of Louisville
Industrial Engineering
Louisville, KY
University of Memphis
Department of Engineering Technology
Memphis, TN
University of Michigan
Industrial Engineering
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Industrial & Mfg. Systems Engineering
Dearborn, MI
University of Minnesota
Industrial Engineering
Duluth, MN
University of Missouri-Columbia
Industrial Engineering & Mfg. Systems
Columbia, MO
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Industrial Distribution
Kearney, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Industrial & Management Systems Eng.
Lincoln, NE
University of Oklahoma – Norman
Industrial Engineering
Norman, OK
University of Pittsburgh
Industrial Engineering
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Puerto Rico
Industrial Engineering Department
Mayaguez, PR
University of South Florida
Industrial & Mgmt. Systems Engineering
Tampa, FL
University of Southern Indiana
Engineering Department
Evansville, IN
University of Southern Maine
Gorham, ME
University of Tennessee
Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science
Knoxville, TN
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Industrial Engineering
School of Business
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Industrial Engineering
Platteville, WI
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Manufacturing Engineering/Eng Tech
Menomonie, WI
University of Wisconsin – Superior
Department of Business & Economics
Superior, WI
Virginia Tech
Industrial Engineering Department
Packaging Science Division
Blacksburg, VA
West Virginia University
Industrial & Mgmt. Systems Engineering
Morgantown, WV
Western Illinois University
Department of Management & Marketing
Macomb, IL
Wright State University
Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering
Dayton, OH

The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) announces its 2019-2020 scholarship winners. A total of $107,400 were issued for this academic term.

Michael Bretz
University of Southern Indiana
Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship

Sha Qiang Garlington
Virginia Tech
Tompkins International Honor Scholarship

Danielle Schmidt
West Virginia University
Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship

Hanna Johns
East Carolina University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship

Lillian Usher
University of Louisville
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Conger Toyota Lift, Morrison Industrial Equipment, Gary T. Moore, Hy-Tek Material Handling

Rachel Bunker
Maine Maritime Academy
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by T.D.T., Inc., Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Worldwide Parts, Ltd., Wisconsin Lift Truck, Sentry Protection, AJ Jersey, Inc., Howard Bernstein Fund

Kianna Hawkins
Howard University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Toyota Material Handling, NA

James Boals
Iowa State University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling

Devan Dunneback
Louisiana State University
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship

Matthew Dale
Solutions Community Honor Scholarship

Kyle Hart
Clarkson University
Gorbel Inc. Honor Scholarship

Kaan Unnu
Rensselaer Polytechnic
Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

Kasey Lenarz
Clemson University
Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems Honor Scholarship

Raquel Denning
University of Southern Indiana
Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship

Margaret May
Georgia Tech
Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

Gabrielle Burns
Auburn University
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship

Aaron Madden
Oklahoma State University
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship

Navardo Henry
Kettering University
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship

Kara McNeely
Louisiana State University
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship

Marshall Price
Ohio State University
Southworth International Group, Inc. Honor Scholarship

Monica Moody
Clemson University
St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship

Brendan Ezzell
University of Utah
Expert Crane Honor Scholarship

Joshua Nielsen
University of Louisville
UNEX Manufaturing Inc. Honor Scholarship

Peter Pranata
State University at Buffalo
Hoist Manufacturers Institute/Monorail Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

Joshua Line
University of Pittsburgh
Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems Honor Scholarship

Dana Emswiler
Univeristy of Pittsburgh
Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Council/Lee Wood Honor Scholarship

Elizabeth Bunting
Oklahoma State University
Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship

Madison Smith
Arizona State University
Irving M. Footlik, P.E. Memorial Scholarship

Sandra Curtis
NC A&T State University
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship

Erica McBride-Rapp
Michigan State University
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship

Alec Jobbins
University of CA Berkeley
Seizmic, Inc./LAMHMS Scholarship

Colin Kirchhoff
University of Northern Iowa
Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Honor Scholarship

Cassie Johnson
Oklahoma State University
Lift Manufacturers Product Section Honor Scholarship

Rachel Wolter
Western Illinois University
Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

Celeste Lueers
Ohio State University
Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization dedicated to attracting students to the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industry by providing financial support. Established in 1976, the Foundation has provided funds through private and corporate donations to students, teachers, and their institutions.

For more information about these outstanding students or how you or your company can sponsor a scholarship grant, please contact Donna Varner, Executive Director, at 704-676-1190 or email .