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36 scholarships were awarded for the 2020/2021 academic year for a total of $120,100.

The Call for Scholarships for the 2021/2022 academic year will launch early November 2020. The Foundation offers two scholarship programs:

  • Traditional university undergraduate students
  • Employees and family members of participating industry associations and member companies

Program 1: Traditional University Undergraduate Students:
The Foundation offers scholarship award opportunities to undergraduate students who are pursuing a material handling or supply chain career. The student should clearly demonstrate dedication to achieving excellence, strong leadership skills, potential for future growth as a leader and persistence in the pursuit of education.

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 and must be used for costs relating to tuition, fees and books associated with attending school full-time. One application allows students to compete for one of the multiple scholarships offered by the Foundation. Scholarships are one-year awards, and former recipients may re-apply each year if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Target programs:

Undergraduate students from programs listed below that have a focus on material handling and/or supply chain management are encouraged to apply.

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial Distribution
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science related to Material Handling
  • Business & Management related to Material Handling or Supply Chain Management

Student Eligibility:

For the 2021/2022 academic term, the following students are eligible to apply:

  • Undergraduate students pursuing a material handling or supply chain career enrolled full time at a qualified college or university in a target program (see list above). Undergraduate students may be classified as freshman, sophomore, junior or senior for the Fall 2021 term to be eligible.
  • Enrolled at any non-profit college or university in the United States accredited by the Council for Higher Education.
  • All applicants must be full-time students with a “B” grade point average or above in their major.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in school for the entire academic year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) without interruption barring illness, emergency, or military service.
  • Applicants must first be nominated by a professor, faculty member or employer (direct supervisor/manager or senior company official).
  • Nominators should visit the website https://MHEFI.smapply.org to register by creating a profile and completing the online Nomination Form for the student.
  • Once the student has been nominated, the student will be invited to complete the online application at https://MHEFI.smapply.org.
  • One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships including scholarships from the Howard Bernstein Fund.
  • Official transcript of the student’s current school and program is required with the application.
  • Official transcripts must come to the Foundation directly from the school so they can be authenticated.
  • Schools may submit transcripts two ways:
    • Send a secure download link to Donna Varner at dvarner@mhi.org with printing allowed.
    • Send the transcript via regular postal mail to Donna Varner, MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.
    • Please note that transcripts must come from the school. We will not accept transcripts from the student.
  • Students may also upload other supporting documentation to demonstrate their commitment and understanding of the material handling and supply chain industry such as:
    • Resume
    • Research Paper
    • Project Summary
    • White Paper
    • Case Study
    • Video
  • All supporting materials such as the completed nomination form, online application and official transcripts must be received in the Foundation office by January 15, 2021.

Scholarship awards for the 2021/2022 academic term will be announced by April 30, 2021.

Program 2: Member Company and Industry Association Students:
The Foundation offers scholarship award opportunities to students who are pursuing a material handling or supply chain career. The student should clearly demonstrate dedication to achieving excellence, strong leadership skills, potential for future growth as a leader and persistence in the pursuit of education.

Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $6,000 and must be used for costs relating to tuition, fees and books associated with attending school full or part-time. One application allows students to compete for one of the multiple scholarships offered by the Foundation. Scholarships are one-year awards, and former recipients may re-apply each year if they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Student Eligibility:
For the 2021/2022 academic term, the following students are eligible to apply:

  • Students who are:
    • Employed at a participating industry association member company
    • Family members of participating industry association member company employees
    • Employed at a participating industry association
    • Family members of participating industry association employees
  • Students must be pursuing a material handling or supply chain career.
  • Enrolled part or full-time at any non-profit college or university in the United States accredited by the Council for Higher Education.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in school for the entire academic year (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) without interruption barring illness, emergency, or military service.
  • Instructions to apply for scholarships:

  • Applicants must first be nominated by a member company, participating industry association (direct supervisor/manager or senior company official) or professor/faculty member.
  • We recommend that students not be nominated by their parents.
  • Nominators should visit the website https://MHEFI.smapply.org to register by creating a profile and completing the online Nomination Form for the student.
  • Once the student has been nominated, the student will be invited to complete the online application at https://MHEFI.smapply.org.
  • One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships.
  • Official transcript of the student’s current school and program is required with the application.
  • Official transcripts must come to the Foundation directly from the school so they can be authenticated.
  • Schools may submit transcripts two ways:
    • Send a secure download link to Donna Varner at dvarner@mhi.org with printing allowed.
    • Send the transcript via regular postal mail to Donna Varner, MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.
    • Please note that transcripts must come from the school. We will not accept transcripts from the student.
  • Students may also upload other supporting documentation to demonstrate their commitment and understanding of the material handling and supply chain industry such as:
    • Resume
    • Research Paper
    • Project Summary
    • White Paper
    • Case Study
    • Video
  • All supporting materials such as the completed nomination form, online application and official transcripts must be received in the Foundation office by January 15, 2021.
  • Scholarship awards for the 2021/2022 academic term will be announced by April 30, 2021.

    Questions may be sent to Donna Varner, MHEFI Executive Director, at dvarner@mhi.org.

The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) announces its 2020-2021 scholarship winners. A total of $120,100 were issued for this academic term.


Dana Emswiler
University of Pittsburgh
Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship
$6000

Dairious Robinson
American Public University
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship Sponsored by ASG Services
$5000

Ashley Chen
University of Tennessee
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship Sponsored by ASG Services
$5000

Emily Branthoover
Kettering University
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship Sponsored by ASG Services
$5000

Brandon Staple
University of Colorado Denver
Solutions Community Honor Scholarship
$5000

Lillian Usher
University of Louisville
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling
$5000

Marshall Price
Ohio State
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by George Sefer and Howard Bernstein
$5000

Brendan Wang
Michigan State
Howard Bernstein Scholarship
$5000

Gabrielle Kronfeld
East Carolina University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship
$5000

Ellanora Anastasi
California State Maritime Academy
Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship
$5000

Henry Droher
Virginia Tech
Automated Storage & Retrievel Systems Honor Scholarship
$5000

Lily Rohrbach
University of Oklahoma
Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship
$5000

Stephanie Vojtek
Penn State
Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship
$5000

Kylie Dowers
Oklahoma State
The Robotics Group Honor Scholarship
$4000

Jennylynn Johnson
Virginia Tech
Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship
$3200

Joseph Mendoza
Clarkson University
Gorbel, Inc.Honor Scholarship
$3000

Luke Loughren
Oklahoma State
Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$3000

Miranda Almen
Oklahoma State
Irving M. Footlik, PE Memorial Scholarship
$2700

Isaac Weller
Ohio University
Electrification & Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$$2500

Nathaniel Neading
University of Dayton
Electrification & Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$$2500

Reid Hightower
Auburn University
Southworth International Group Honor Scholarship
$$2500

Matthew West
Liberty University
MHEDA Honor Scholarship
$2500

Evan Guilford
Ohio University
Bastian Family Scholarship
$2500

Timothy Vaughan
Virginia Tech
Bastian Family Scholarship
$2500

Chelsea Wright
Kettering University
St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship
$2500

Matthew Burchard
Oklahoma State
Expert Crane Honor Scholarship
$2250

Ben Burchard
Oklahoma State
UNEX Manufacturing Honor Scholarship
$2250

Julianna Jones
Virginia Tech
Hoist Manufacturers Institute/Monorail Manufacturers of America Honor Scholarship
$2100

Andrew Briglia
Penn State
Seizmic, Inc./LAMHMS Honor Scholarship
$2100

Julia Antocci
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship
$2000

Terrence Saylor
Penn State
Mobile Automation Group Honor Scholarship
$2000

Aahil Makhani
Auburn
Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Honor Scholarship
$2000

Matthew Longacre
University of Pittsburgh
Brett Wood Honor Scholarship
$1500

Juan Carrano
Georgia Tech
Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Honor Scholarship
$1500

John Kasik
Ohio University
Lift Honor Scholarship
$1500

Rachel Wolter
Western Illinois University
Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship
$1500

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization dedicated to attracting students to the material handling, logistics, and supply chain industry by providing financial support. Established in 1976, the Foundation has provided funds through private and corporate donations to students, teachers, and their institutions.

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 .