Material Handling Education Foundation


Mission Statement

Provide financial support for educational programs to engage and retain talent for the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry.

Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The funding source for material handling, logistics and supply chain education programs.

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976. Since 1976, our programs have supported over 1,000 students and educators seeking pathways to quality educational programs and fulfilling careers. The demands of today’s global economy and fast-paced technological change reinforce the need to draw top talent to sustain and strengthen material handling and supply chain businesses for the future.

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

MHEFI Making a Difference for Material Handling, Logistics and Supply Chain Students

“I am grateful to the MHEFI because the two scholarships I received from the organization allowed me to focus on my studies and to become more involved in campus organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers and the Student Sustainability Advisory Committee, instead of on how I would pay for school. I was able to do all those things because I had received both confidence and financial support from MHEFI. They were also a sounding board where I could go to for advice and to network. When I graduated, I had multiple job offers, so I could go to them for feedback and advice about career opportunities, which I felt was really important.”

Catherine Ninah, Management Consulting Senior Analyst with Accenture. Graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

“Paying for school became easier thanks to a scholarship from MHEFI. The scholarship helped me financially and reinforced my belief that I had made the right choice in digging deeper into supply chain management. I had considered pursuing a master’s in business administration but decided to stick with what I know is a high-demand skill set."

James Anunciacion, Manager in Global Business Solutions, General Mills. Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in supply chain management.

“I am grateful for the scholarship because it allowed me to spend the summer of 2016 in Prague, where I had an internship with a 3D printing startup named MakersLab. The company uses modeling and scanning technology to help customers build prototypes and manufacture products, and I helped MakersLab establish some of its customer-facing processes, such as taking orders.”

Shelby Koskela, Quality Engineer, Minco Products, Inc. Graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

“I’m grateful to MHEFI because the scholarship allowed me to graduate without any debt, and that’s obviously become a huge issue for students everywhere.”

Casey Davis, System Safety Engineer, United Launch Alliance. Graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

“I am grateful for the MHEFI scholarship I received. It was really helpful because school is expensive. I think it’s less scary to take on debt when you’re just starting out. When you’re already an adult and you decide to go back to school, it’s a little bit more terrifying. I attended MODEX several times and got a lot out of the experience. That was really inspiring to me. It was nice to see all the different things that are going on in the material handling industry. It’s such a broad field, and it’s good to see what kinds of jobs you could go into after you get out of school because sometimes you’re so focused on classes and theory that you don’t think about how this all will work in real-world scenarios.”

Elizabeth Jamison, Solution Consultant, Stibo Systems. Graduated from Clemson University with a master’s degree in industrial engineering.