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.

Educational Scholarships

Each year, industry professionals serve as judges to independently rank scholarship applicants to award worthy students monetary scholarships. Forty-five scholarships were awarded for the 2017/2018 academic term for a total of $146,100.

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. Since that time, forty-four scholarships have been awarded and industry contributions to Howard’s fund total over $218,000 with his initial contribution. $127,315 still remains in Howard’s original investment. To learn more about The Howard Berntein 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