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MHEFI Scholarship

As the Material Handling Institute (MHI) celebrates its 75th year, its Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI) continues to provide financial support for educational programs, engaging and helping retain talent for the material handling industry.

Thanks to funding made available through donors and industry sponsorship, the judges identified 36 recipients for the 2020-2021 academic term, from a range of non-profit colleges and universities.

Among the industry leading sponsors is ASG Services, the warehouse identification and marking specialists.  ASG Services have sponsored the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) Honor Scholarship for over 10 years thanks to a special agreement with RMI members.  For every rack load sign purchased, ASG Services donate a percentage of the price to the RMI.

The unique funding approach enabled the RMI to award three scholarships this year.  The winners were, Ashley Chen, Dairious Robinson and Emily Branthoover.  All demonstrate outstanding potential and dedication for which ASG Services would like to congratulate them on.




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Winners of The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) Honor Scholarship:


Ashley Chen


Ashley is pursuing a five-year Master’s and Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering degree with a concentration in supply chain.  After graduation, Ashley would like to serve the industrial engineering profession as a future leader in material handling and supply chain.

Judges’ Comments…✎

“Impressive candidate.”

“Excellent candidate.”

“Supply Chain student at UT which has the best program in the US.  Type of student sought after and will join the industry.  Worthy recipient.”


A rising senior at the University of Tennessee.

University of Tennessee


Founded in 1794, UT is big on tradition, and are proud of their humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide.

UT Knoxville which includes the UT Space Institute, serves the state by educating its citizens, enhancing its culture, and making a difference in people’s lives through research and service.

Visit their website to find out more about the University of Tennessee.


Dairious Robinson


Dairious is seeking a Supply Chain Management degree and for the past 20 years, has worked in the US Army logistics field which has given him a love and understanding of global supply chain operations.

After graduation, Dairious would like to secure a supply chain management position in the industry.

Judges’ Comments…✎

“Interesting individual who is working in the industry while studying the industry & wants to stay in the industry that the student has been in for 20 years.”

“Strong experience to the industry. Desire to further their career within Material Handling.”

“Military experience in logistics management is a significant asset and one highly desired by our industry.”


A rising junior at American Public University.

American Public University

The mission of American Public University System is to provide high quality higher education with emphasis on educating the nation’s military and public service communities by offering respected, relevant, accessible, affordable, and student-focused online programs that prepare students for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.

In 1991, retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter founded American Military University (AMU) and broke new ground by offering career-relevant, distance education for a mobile population of military learners with unique needs. Over the next 10 years, many more undergraduate and graduate programs were added to help prepare students for leadership roles both within the military and for transition into post-military careers.

In 2002, AMU was reorganized into the American Public University System (APUS), and American Public University (APU) was founded to provide the same quality, affordable, and flexible education to a broader audience of motivated working adults.

Visit their website to find out more about the American Public University.


Emily Branthoover


Emily is pursuing an Industrial Engineering degree and was on the Dean’s List in the Fall of 2019.  She is working her way through school with an internship at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for the past several years where she has had rotations in manufacturing, maintenance and program management.

After graduation, Emily would like to work in the industry while also pursuing an MBA.

Judges’ Comments…✎

“Involved in the material handling industry, ambitious-secure MBA, long term goal is to obtain management position within supply chain, strong academics.”

“Lots of experience and well educated.  Seems very driven.”

“Clearly has the focus & skills to do MHEFI proud.  Another winner who has worked her way through school.”


A rising senior at Kettering University.

Kettering University


Kettering University prepares students for lives of extraordinary leadership and service by linking transformative experiential learning opportunities to rigorous academic programs in engineering, science, mathematics, and business.  Kettering university was formally General Motors Institute (GMI) until 1988.

Kettering University has become one of the country’s premier STEM institutions and is known around the world for educating great and successful leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, scientists, and business people.

Visit their website to find out more about Kettering University.



RMI Signs .com


RMI Signs is a member only website created in 2007 with several updates and iterations over the years.  Its developed exclusively for RMI members, giving them access to the RMI approved load sign designs and the use of their unique R-Mark Certification logos, enabling them to place orders online for their rack sales and installations.

ASG Services, who developed the system have a special agreement where for every sign ordered through the site, a percentage of the revenue generated is donated to the institute to help fund their many worthwhile activities and for the drive of safe working environments.

In 2019, ASG changed their scope to include any product purchased through www.rmisigns.com, meaning the more members purchased, the more ASG could give to the Rack Manufacturers Institute.

The signs are made up of approved messages to improve safe usage and loading of pallet racking, while a depiction or description provides very specific information for the structures.  RMI members can add their logos and company details making it easier for customers to contact them with questions as well as the coveted R-Marks for quality assurance.

ASG’s work as continued in production developments with improved quality and durability while also making the signs easier to install.  Their work on the site is also ongoing with an update expected in late 2020.

If you have questions about the site or would like help with your account, please contact David Grundy at ASG Services on +1 (770) 447-9498.

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Other Winners of MHEFI 2020-2021 Scholarships:


  • Crane Manufacturers Association of America Honor Scholarship – Dana Emswiler, University of Pittsburgh
  • Solutions Community Honor Scholarship – Brandon Staple, University of Colorado Denver
  • Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by Worldwide Material Handling – Lillian Usher, University of Louisville
  • Howard Bernstein Scholarship Sponsored by George Sefer and Howard Bernstein – Marshall Price, Ohio State
  • Howard Bernstein Scholarship – Brendan Wang, Michigan State
  • Howard Bernstein Scholarship – Gabrielle Kronfeld, East Carolina University
  • Frazier Industrial Honor Scholarship – Ellanora Anastasi, California State Maritime Academy
  • Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems Honor Scholarship – Henry Droher, Virginia Tech
  • Conveyor & Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship –  Lily Rohrbach, University of Oklahoma
  • Spanco, Inc. Honor Scholarship – Stephanie Vojtek, Penn State
  • The Robotics Group Honor Scholarship – Kylie Dowers, Oklahoma State
  • Willard P. Heddles Memorial Scholarship – Jennylynn Johnson, Virginia Tech
  • Gorbel, Inc. Honor Scholarship – Joseph Mendoza, Clarkson University
  • Storage Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship – Luke Loughren, Oklahoma State
  • Irving M. Footlik, PE Memorial Scholarship – Miranda Almen, Oklahoma State
  • Electrification & Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship – Isaac Weller, Ohio University


  • Electrification & Controls Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship – Nathaniel Neading, University of Dayton
  • Southworth International Group Honor Scholarship – Reid Hightower, Auburn University
  • MHEDA Honor Scholarship – Matthew West, Liberty University
  • Bastian Family Scholarship – Evan Guilford, Ohio University
  • Bastian Family Scholarship – Timothy Vaughan, Virginia Tech
  • St. Onge Company Honor Scholarship – Chelsea Wright, Kettering University
  • Expert Crane Honor Scholarship – Matthew Burchard, Oklahoma State
  • UNEX Manufacturing Honor Scholarship – Ben Burchard, Oklahoma State
  • Hoist Manufacturers Institute/Monorail Manufacturers of America Honor Scholarship – Julianna Jones, Virginia Tech
  • Seizmic, Inc./LAMHMS Honor Scholarship – Andrew Briglia, Penn State
  • Hanel Storage Systems Honor Scholarship – Julia Antocci, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Mobile Automation Group Honor Scholarship – Terrence Saylor, Penn State
  • Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers Honor Scholarship – Aahil Makhani, Auburn University
  • Brett Wood Honor Scholarship – Matthew Longacre, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment Honor Scholarship – Juan Carrano, Georgia Tech
  • Lift Honor Scholarship – John Kasik, Ohio University
  • Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association Honor Scholarship – Rachel Wolter, Western Illinois University


For more information:

The Material Handling Education Foundation – contact Donna Varner at dvarner@mhi.org or (704) 676-1190.

RMISigns.com and ASG Services – contact David Grundy on +1 (770) 447-9498.


If you would like to donate to the MHEFI and help them thrive, you can do so here: https://www.mhi.org/mhefi/donors

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