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Material Handling Education Foundation Establishes Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) announces the establishment of the Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship Fund. Heddles, Chairman and CEO of Tiffin Metal Products, Inc. and former member of the MHI Roundtable and Board of Governors, passed away on January 31, 2017 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He also served on the Board of Directors of MHEFI, most recently as its Last Retiring President.
During the MHI Industry Night event at ProMat 2017, MHI donated $35,700 in proceeds from the evening to establish the fund. The fund has been established as an endowment to be held in perpetuity by MHEFI and will be designated to award annual scholarships to undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) enrolled full-time in an eligible program at a qualified school in the United States.  The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on the size of the fund.  The minimum award would be $1,500.  
Eligible Programs:
Industrial, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Technology & Management
Industrial Distribution
Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in production management, industrial distribution, supply chain or logistics
Supply Chain Management
Qualified Schools:
Post-secondary schools in the United States are eligible if they have the following accreditation(s):
“We will always remember Will for his passion, grace and professionalism and for his unwavering support of this industry,” George Prest, MHI CEO. “We are honored to establish this fund in the name of our great leader and friend. It is our hope that Will’s industry colleagues will have a desire to contribute so it can have an even bigger impact on educating our future industry leaders.” 
For more information on MHEFI and the Willard P. Heddles fund, please contact Donna Varner at or visit
Checks can be made out to MHEFI with a note for Will Heddles Fund.  Checks may be mailed to:
Donna Varner
8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201
Charlotte, NC  28217
Credit card donations can be accepted here - Choose the first donate option and in the notes section write Will Heddles Fund.
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. 
The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support.  Since 1976, more than $2.5 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at colleges and universities located in the United States and Canada.
About MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling, logistics and supply chain equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product- and solution- specific groups. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and MODEX to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.   

For more information please contact:

Carol Miller

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