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38 scholarships were awarded for the 2021/2022 academic year for a total of $137,600.

The Call for Scholarships for the 2022/2023 academic year launched November 12, 2021.

The Foundation offers scholarship award opportunities to undergraduate students who are pursuing a material handling, logistics 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. Both traditional university undergraduate students and employees and family members of industry associations and member companies may apply for one of the many scholarships offered by the Foundation.

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, logistics 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 2022/2023 academic term, the following students are eligible to apply:

  • Undergraduate students pursuing a material handling, logistics 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 2022 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 2022 and Spring 2023) without interruption barring illness, emergency, or military service.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be used for study abroad programs/semesters.

Instructions to apply for scholarships

Applicants must first be nominated by a professor, faculty member or employer (direct supervisor/manager or senior company official). Students should visit the website here to register and request a nomination by entering the name and e-mail address of their nominator. An e-mail will be sent to the nominator and once the nomination form is complete, an e-mail will be sent to the student notifying them to return to the site to mark the nomination complete and begin the scholarship application process. Please note that students must first be nominated before they can complete and submit their scholarship application. One application allows students to compete for one of the many available scholarships including scholarships from the Howard Bernstein Fund.

Letters of recommendation are no longer required with the nomination process.

Official transcript of the student's current school and program is also required with the application. The school should submit official transcripts via e-mail with a secure download link with printing allowed to or via regular postal mail directly from the school or transcript organization to Donna Varner, MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217. Incoming Freshman students should request a transcript from their former high school. Please note that we will not accept transcripts directly from the student since the documents cannot be authenticated.

Students may also upload other supporting documentation to demonstrate their commitment and understanding of the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry such as:

  • Resume
  • Research Paper
  • Project Summary
  • White Paper
  • Case Study
  • Video
  • Other

The deadline for completing the scholarship application process is January 31, 2022. Steps include completed nomination, completed application and transcripts received.

Scholarship awards for the 2022/2023 academic term will be announced by April 30, 2022.

Questions may be sent to Donna Varner, MHEFI Executive Director, at

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The Board of Directors of the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) announces its 2021-2022 scholarship winners. A total of $131,600 were issued for this academic term.

Roshan George
Virginia Tech
Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship

Sami Al Jadir
Virginia Tech
Automated Storage & Retrievel Systems Honor Scholarship

Henry Droher
Virginia Tech
Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship

Allison Jung
California Polytechnic State
Daniel Clapp Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by RMI & ASG Services

Lillian Maier
California State Maritime Academy
Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship

Lauren Ziccardi
University of Southern California
Howard Bernstein Scholarship

Theodore Lamperis
Auburn University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship

Virginia Tech
Howard Bernstein Scholarship

Erin Hartegan
Kansas State University
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by George Sefer and Howard Bernstein

Grace Voth
Oklahoma State
Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling

Michelle Ramirez
Truckee Meadows Community
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship Sponsored by ASG Services

Reagan Vinson
Auburn University
Rack Manufacturers Institute Honor Scholarship Sponsored by ASG Services

William Black
Auburn University
Solutions Community Honor Scholarship

Molly Anne Lloyd
Penn State
Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship

Emma Tyson
Texas A&M
MHEDA Honor Scholarship

Samantha Messer
East Carolina University
MHEDA Honor Scholarship

Isaac Weller
Ohio University
Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship

Danielle Freeman
Christopher Newport University
Jennifer Kist Memorial Scholarship

Jack Harsch
Virginia Tech
Gorbel, Inc.Honor Scholarship

Taila Moore McKelvy
California Polytechnic Pomona
Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

Sabrina VanAuker
Lake Superior State University
Irving M. Footlik, PE Memorial Scholarship

Marshall Price
Ohio State University
Bastian Family Scholarship

Grayson Burns
University of Missouri-Columbia
Bastian Family Scholarship

Chloe Ambas
Michigan State University
Southworth International Group Honor Scholarship

Cheryl Anderson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship

William Thompson
East Carolina University
The Robotics Group Honor Scholarship

Megan Mann
Oklahoma State University
Seizmic, Inc./LAMHMS Honor Scholarship

Albert Joseph
Rutgers University
Expert Crane Honor Scholarship

Joaquin Rodriguez
Rensselaer Polytechnic
UNEX Manufacturing Honor Scholarship

Elizabeth Barnett
Brigham Young University
Hoist Manufacturers Institute/Monorail Manufacturers of America Honor Scholarship

Kirsten Rydell
Oregon State University
Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship

Victoria Ticheli
Texas State University
Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Honor Scholarship

Devin Wilson
Rutgers University
Mobile Automation Group Honor Scholarship

Hannah Edmonds
University of Central Florida
Steel King Industries Honor Scholarship

Aaron Tutu
University of Rhode Island
Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Honor Scholarship

Erin Easley
Louisiana State University
Lift Honor Scholarship

Gideon Nelson
Virginia Tech
Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship

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 .