Scholarship

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 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at 77 colleges and universities. Forty-eight scholarships were awarded for the 2014/2015 academic term for a total of $174,114.

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 2015/2016 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 one of 50 scholarships offered by the Foundation.

Eligible programs of study are:
  • Industrial, Mechanical, 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 2015/2016 academic term and enrolled in a four year baccalaureate program
  • Graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctorate program
  • 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 four year program.
  • Applicants must be full-time students and have a “B” grade point average in their current degree program.
  • Students should have a primary faculty contact to assist in the preparation and review of the scholarship application process, if needed.
  • Complete the online application. One application allows students to compete for one of 50 available scholarships.
  • Three letters of recommendation from:
    • Primary faculty contact
    • Another full-time faculty member at the current or previous school
    • A supervisor from an internship, co-op, employer, etc.

    (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 2, 2015.
  • Scholarship awards will be announced by March 31, 2015.

Please forward this information to all of the eligible students in your program and encourage them to apply for scholarships before February 2, 2015. 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 2014-2015 scholarship winners. A total of $174,114 were issued for this academic term.


Qihe Zhao
University of WI-Madison
Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship
$9,000

Austin Buchanan
Texas A&M
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship
$6,000

Connor Mojo
Oklahoma State
Tompkins International Honor Scholarship
$6,000

Leily Farrokhvar
Virginia Tech
Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship
$5,000

Alexander Shuster
Clarkson
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Atlas Companies
$5,000

Rachel Ann McWilliams
University of WI-Platteville
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Conger Toyota Lift & Cardinal Carryor
$5,000

Caiqin Wang
Penn State
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by EnerSys
$5,000

Carolyn Duffett
Penn State
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Equipco
$5,000

Ross Carl Martin
University of NE-Kearney
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Gary Moore, Harrington Hoists & George Sefer
$5,000

Bailey Hofland
South Dakota State
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by George Prest, Eastern Lift Truck, St. Onge Company & CMH Services
$5,000

Leah Miramontes
University of Arkansas
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co., Ltd.
$5,000

Joseph Webb
University of Tennessee
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Ningbo Ruyi Joint Stock Co., Ltd.
$5,000

Brianna Simpson
Texas A&M
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, Hy-Tek Material Handling, National Lift of Arkansas & Integrated Warehouse Systems
$5,000

Brian Bellin
University of WI-Superior
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by TEKLYNX, Material Handling Wholesaler Magazine, AK Material Handling & CMH Services
$5,000

Ellie Fisher
University of Louisville
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Toyota Material Handling USA
$5,000

Joshua Farrington
Auburn
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Transamerican Equipment
$5,000

Daniel Anderson
Oklahoma State
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by TVH Americas
$5,000

Sam Cannon
Oklahoma State
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by TVH Americas
$5,000

Vaibhav Maheshwari
University of IL-Urbana Champaign
Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling
$5,000

Eric Buechele
University of WI-Madison
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship
$5,000

Roy Eckhardt
Texas A&M
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association Honor Scholarship
$5,000

Kaleb Moore
East Carolina
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association Honor Scholarship
$5,000

Margaret Hartigan
Penn State
Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship
$5,000

Elizabeth Jamison

Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems Honor Scholarship
$4,000

Corinne Mowrey
Wright State
Integrated Systems & Controls Council/MHEFI Honor Scholarship
$4,000

Janetta Brown
NC A&T State University
Irving M. Footlik, P.E. Memorial Scholarship
$3,000

Lance Sublett
University of Louisville
Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$3,000

Gwendolyn Campbell
Rutgers
Brett Wood/Toyota Material Handling USA Honor Scholarship
$2,500

John Miller
University of Arkansas
Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$2,500

Sage David Childs
Montana State
St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship
$2,500

Neal Lofgren
Maine Maritime Academy
Ridg-U-Rak Honor Scholarship
$2,250

Kyle Neely
Kansas State
Hoist Manufacturers Institute/MMA Honor Scholarship
$2,064

Merve Ozen
University of WI-Madison
Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Joshua York
Michigan State
Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Wenlong Gong
Texas A&M
Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Jonathan Moreau
Universite Laval
Order Fulfillment Solutions Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Keri Cromwell
University of Louisville
Seizmic Inc. Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Emily Wellborn
University of OK-Norman
Steel King Industries Honor Scholarship
$2,000

Brennan Avery
University of OK-Norman
Hytrol Conveyor Honor Scholarship
$1,800

Sabahattin Ozden
Auburn University
Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Council Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Erin Nicole Lightfood
Georgia Tech
Gorbel Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Brandon Finley
University of Central FL
Institute of Caster & Wheel Manufacturers Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Esmaeel Moradi
Oklahoma State
Lift Manufacturers Product Section Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Anne Marie Pereira
University of Central FL
Loading Dock Equipment Manufactuers Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Robert Smart
Maine Maritime Academy
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Joshua Tucker
University of Louisville
Material Handling Education Foundation Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Vishnu Tadepalli
University of WI-Madison
Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$1,500

Morgan Ulesich
Clemson University
Southworth International Group Honor Scholarship
$1,500

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 .