Scholarship


Call for Scholarships   Scholarship Qualification Process

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (www.mhefi.net) is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. Since 1976, more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Thirty-four scholarships were awarded for the 2016/2017 academic term for a total of $116,460.

The Foundation will once again be offering scholarship award opportunities to students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics for the 2017/2018 academic term. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $9,000 and are made up of funds from the Foundation and the Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship Program. One application allows students to compete for multiple scholarships offered by the Foundation.

Eligible programs of study are:
  • Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical and Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in production management, industrial distribution, supply chain and logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
Scholarship eligibility and criteria include:
  • Undergraduates who are rising juniors or seniors for the 2017/2018 academic term and enrolled in a four year baccalaureate program at a qualified school and program in the United States and Canada.
  • Graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctorate program at a qualified school and program in the United States and Canada.
  • Students from junior and community colleges or other two year post secondary schools are eligible if the student has completed a minimum of two years of study and has been accepted as a transfer student to a qualified four year program at a qualified school in the United States and Canada.
  • Applicants must be full-time students and have a "B" grade point average in their current degree program.
  • If needed, students should have a primary faculty contact to assist in the preparation and review of the scholarship application process.
  • Complete the online application. One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters may be written by:
    • Primary faculty contact
    • Another full-time faculty member at the current or previous school
    • A supervisor from an internship, co-op, employer, etc.
    • Other person who may be able to attest to your performance in school or at work

    (Letters must be sent to the Foundation directly from the author. Please e-mail letters to or via regular postal mail to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.)

  • Official transcripts of all academic work completed beyond high school.
  • (Official transcripts must be sent to the Foundation directly from the Registrar’s office or equivalent office at the school(s). Please mail official transcripts to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.)
  • The online application and all supporting documentation must be received in the Foundation offices by February 28, 2017.
  • Scholarship awards will be announced by April 30, 2017.

Please forward this information to all of the eligible students in your program and encourage them to apply for scholarships before February 28, 2017. We wish all your students the best of luck in the scholarship award process.

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
Technology
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 2016-2017 scholarship winners. A total of $116,460 were issued for this academic term.


Merve Ozen
University of WI-Madison
Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship
$9000

Justin Traino
University of Pittsburgh
Rack Manufacturers Institute/John Nofsinger Honor Scholarship
$6860

Seyed Mofidi
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Tompkins International Honor Scholarship
$6000

Joshua Dimon
Clemson University
Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship
$5000

Jeremy Kaszycki
Bradley University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp., T.D.T., Inc., Steel King Industries, Hy-Tek Material Handling, Atlas Toyota Material Handling, Hanel Storage Systems & Hamilton Caster
$5000

William Berry
Georgia Tech
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Tynan Equipment Company, Morrison Industrial Equipment, Mr. Gary Moore, & Transamerican Equipment
$5000

Taylor Au
Rutgers University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Conger Toyota Lift & Toyota Material Handling USA
$5000

Garrett Thomas
Kettering University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling
$5000

Benjamin Brooks
Michigan State
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by EnerSys
$5000

Peyton Gunnison
Northern Illinois University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Howard Bernstein, CMH Services & The Raymond Corporation
$5000

Daniel Piechnik
University of British Columbia
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association Honor Scholarship
$5000

Faybiana Walker
Kettering University
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association Honor Scholarship
$5000

Rico Polim
Penn State
Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship
$5000

Mikhail Jackson
Texas Christian University
Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems Honor Scholarship
$4000

Casey Davis
Ohio University
Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$3000

Payam Parsa
University of Arkansas
Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$2500

Shelby Koskela
University of MN-Twin Cities
Southworth International Group, Inc. Honor Scholarship
$2500

Ankita Khurana
Oklahoma State University
St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship
$2500

Noah Kaib
University of Pittsburgh
Expert Crane Honor Scholarship
$2250

Kevin Shirley
Brigham Young University
UNEX Manufaturing Inc. Honor Scholarship
$2250

Olabode Olanusi
University of Arkansas
Hoist Manufacturers Institute/Monorail Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$2100

Girik Vadehra
North Carolina A&T
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship
$2000

Sean Catt
Kettering University
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship
$2000

Catherine Ninah
University of Central Florida
Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems Honor Scholarship
$2000

Ehsan Khodabandeh
University of Louisville
Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship
$2000

Leah Kaighn
University of Pittsburgh
Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship
$2000

Adam Lecznar
Kettering University
Order Fulfillment Solutions Honor Scholarship
$2000

Valeria Garza
St. Mary's University
Ridg-U-Rak Honor Scholarship
$2000

Natalie Clink
Kettering University
Steel King Industries Honor Scholarship
$2000

Sajjad Farahani
University of WI-Milwaukee
Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Council Honor Scholarship
$1500

Ariana Gilbert
Clarkson University
Gorbel Inc. Honor Scholarship
$1500

Luis Cardona
University of Louisville
Lee Wood Scholarship (ICWM)
$1500

Timothy Eddy
University of Oklahoma
Lift Manufacturers Product Section Honor Scholarship
$1500

Meera Murti
Rutgers University
Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$1500

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.

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 .