Scholarship Program

MHEDA established a scholarship fund to further the awareness and recognition of the material handling industry within the academic community. Each year, it is awarded to a worthy student enrolled in an industrial distribution or related curriculum.

The objective is to promote the study of material handling and to expose as many students as possible to the material handling industry. This includes the vast array of equipment, systems and technologies represented by the industry. Quality material handling is a must for a productive enterprise and a great opportunity for the many career paths available within the supplier, distributor and end-user (applications) sides of the industry.

The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage choices upon graduation that will ultimately lead to careers within the industry and careers in teaching and research that will prepare the next generation of industry leaders.

Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) Scholarships

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.

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.

Forty-six scholarships were awarded for the 2022/2023 academic year for a total of $177,100.

The Howard N. Bernstein Scholarship

Howard Bernstein served as MHEDA’s 1965 President and upon his retirement in 2013, he established the Howard Bernstein Scholarship Fund by seeding the fund with $150,000 with the intention of awarding five, $5,000 scholarships annually. Five, $5,000 Howard Bernstein scholarships for the 2022/2023 year will be paid out the second half of 2022. The Fund is managed and administered by the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc., an IRC 501C3 charitable organization. To learn more about The Howard Bernstein Scholarship contact Donna Varner at or 704.676.1190.

Interested in Contributing? If you would like to help promote the material handling industry by making a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, complete the form below. Your donation will help a worthy student enrolled in an industrial distribution curriculum. Any amount you contribute is tax deductible and will be appreciated and acknowledged.

Scholarship Donation Contribution Form