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Karrington Howard wants to enter the medical field. Connor Utley likes computer engineering.

They are among this year’s recipients of scholarships awarded by the Society of American Military Engineers, Huntsville Post. The group recognized winners of a combined $28,500 in scholarships at its annual scholarship and science fair awards luncheon Thursday. Science fair winners received monetary awards and they presented their winning science fair entries.

Huntsville Post, SAME has awarded $160,500 in scholarships since 2012.

Howard, 17, will become a freshman at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and plans to major in biomedical sciences. She graduated in May from Bob Jones High.

“The SAME scholarship will help me pursue my goals in the medical field,” she said. “I am very honored and grateful to receive this scholarship. My undergraduate degree will be in biomedical sciences. Post-undergraduate I will pursue optometry school.”

Utley, 19, will be a freshman at Auburn University majoring in computer engineering. He graduated from Huntsville High.

“I’m really happy,” he said. “It’s going to help pay for college. I got a small scholarship from Auburn. This will help.”

Scholarship recipient Ben Tran, 20, from Madison, is a junior majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” Tran said of his award. “It’s really going to help me pay off student loans.”

The scholarship recipients include Howard, $3,500; Utley, $4,500; Tran, $2,000; Alex Lind, $5,500; Andrew Gray, $2,500; Steven Maddry, $2,000; Shanteres King, $2,000; and Eric Hurley, the Bill Bowers Memorial $6,500 scholarship.

“I’d like to congratulate all the scholarship recipients,” Charles Joyner, scholarship chairman, said. “We had 47 applicants this year and the grading was really close.”

Brayden Noh, 17, a sophomore at Auburn High School, was recognized for his project which won senior best in class at the Alabama state science fair. “I’m planning to major in mechanical engineering,” he said of his college plans. “My goal would be MIT. Carnegie Mellon would be my second (choice).

“I think that’s just my natural interest. My dad majored in mechanical engineering. It’s just the thing I’ve always been interested in, so it’s just my interest.”

Catherine Blevins, 17, a senior at Covenant Christian Academy in Huntsville, won senior first place at the North Alabama regional science fair. She plans to pursue physics.

“I like to understand how things work and being able to use that knowledge to invent helpful things,” she said.

Student winners of plaques and award checks for their science fair projects included:

Alabama state science fair – Noh, $200 for senior best in class; Naeim Mahjouri, $200 for junior best in class.

North Alabama regional science fair – Blevins, $200 for senior first place; Emma Brollian, $150 for senior second; Wyatt Smith, $100 for senior third. Ashwin Prabhakar, $200 for junior first; Anna Bekah Cress, $150 for junior second; Jordan Jennings, $100 for junior third.

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