Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund

The Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund was established in 2012 to provide scholarships to students who have committed to the material handling industry. The Fund is managed and administered by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., an IRC 501C3 charitable organization. Since 2012, 59 scholarships have been awarded to students for a total of $290,000.

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Scholarship awards are limited to juniors and seniors at colleges and universities in the United States that are accredited by the Council for Higher Education. Students should follow the instructions and eligibility requirements for Program 1: Traditional University Undergraduate Students on the “For Students” page to apply.

Scholarship applications will be accepted for the 2021/2022 academic year beginning in early November 2020. Applications can be submitted here once the program is opened. The application deadline will be January 15, 2021.


Howard Bernstein was a pioneer in the material handling industry, and he was passionate about providing support to educate the future workforce for the industry. To keep his legacy alive, please consider donating to the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund. A $5,000 donation will sponsor a full scholarship for a deserving student. Any amounts received over $500 will co-sponsor a scholarship.

Scholarship sponsor levels are:

Elite - $5,000 and over
Gold - $2,500 to $4,999
Silver - $1,500 to $2,499
Bronze - $500 to $1,499

2020 Elite

Worldwide Material Handling

2020 Bronze

George R. Sefer

The Howard Bernstein Scholarship Program is in partnership with the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association and MHI. It is managed and administered by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. an IRC 501C3 charitable organization.

If you are interested in making an investment in the future leaders of our industry, please contact Donna Varner at the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217, or 704-714-8731.