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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.

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 receive a scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation because it allows me to extend my supply chain studies. By continuing with my education, this will help me to grow my knowledge and understanding of supply chain by taking additional classes that will be an asset to me when I enter the workforce upon my graduation.”

Breanna Schneider

"I am grateful to have been a recipient of a scholarship from MHEFI due to the strong support system and network present throughout the foundation. I am extremely thankful for any scholarship I receive because it not only provides financial support to the success of my college career, but also moral support by providing me with extra motivation and encouragement to succeed. Nevertheless, having had the opportunity to attend the ProMat Conference in the spring and be a part of ASCM, I am always impressed and inspired by the professionals and leading technology in the material handling industry. Being a recipient of this scholarship gives me even more of an opportunity to be involved in this space and network with other scholarship recipients and leaders involved in the foundation."

Kelsey Kempes

“I received a $5,000 Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (ASRS) Honor Scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) for the 2023/2024 academic term. The Scholarship has lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most essential aspect of school: learning. Not only did it relieve my financial stress, but it also helped my parents and uncle, who were struggling to make ends meet while trying to afford my college education. This has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. One day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. has helped me in my academic journey. After graduation, I hope to get a full-time job in the supply chain industry while working on my side hustles. One of my biggest aspirations is to sit on one of the shark seats on Shark Tank and judge people's business models while also providing investments.”

Sarosh Ahmed

“Receiving the scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is a tremendous honor for me. It signifies not only their belief in my academic potential but also their recognition of my commitment to advancing in the field. This generous support enables me to pursue my education without the worry of financial constraints, allowing me to fully immerse myself in my studies and extracurricular activities. I am excited about the opportunities this scholarship opens up, and I am determined to make the most of it by excelling academically and contributing positively to the industry in the future.”

Sabrina Hussain


“I am grateful to receive the Material Handling Education Foundation Scholarship because they are helping me fulfill my dream. Coming from a family with a low higher education level, I am determined to stand out and make a difference. As a result, when I became a mother, I did not stop pursuing this goal. However, the financial aspect was becoming an obstacle to my education. Therefore, the MHEFI scholarship is a big help and motivator to my study and thirst for success. I am so grateful, and I also thank LIFT for making that possible.”

Ruth Hounkpe

“I am deeply honored and grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of the St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship. Receiving a scholarship from the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. has not only alleviated the financial burden that pursuing an engineering degree entails but has also served as a tremendous source of motivation and validation for my academic and career aspirations. I want to extend my sincere appreciation to all the donors, committee members, and staff involved in the selection process. My special thanks to St. Onge Company! Your commitment to supporting students' educational pursuits is commendable, and I am grateful for the impact you have made on my life. Because of this award, I learned more about St. Onge Company and its commitment to innovation, excellence, and community involvement. The company's dedication to advancing the engineering industry aligns perfectly with my career goals. Again, I am deeply grateful for your generosity and support. St. Onge Company's investment in my education will undoubtedly impact my life and the lives of those I hope to influence through my engineering endeavors. Thank you very much.”

Carlos Aleixo Domingues

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