The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which is building a research center in eastern Loudoun County, has awarded $7,000 scholarships to two students at each of the county's seven high schools with a 2004 graduating class.

The scholarships are part of the $1 million a year the institute has pledged to spend in Loudoun to establish a biotechnology magnet program for high school students and to improve science education countywide.

The scholarship winners were selected by the schools, not by the institute, based on academic performance and interest in science.

The winners are:

Broad Run High School: Adeeb Aghdassi, who plans to study pre-med at the University of Virginia, and Britany Lynn Raymond, who will major in scientific research at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Heritage High: Donnavon Lalputan and Julio Cesar Monroy Cruz, who will attend Virginia Tech and major in aerospace engineering and physics.

Loudoun County: Benjamin Fox, who will study biology at the College of William and Mary, and Carolyn Davis, who will study pre-med at Scripps College.

Loudoun Valley: Eric Duchon, who will study physics at Swathmore College, and Emily Bzdyk, who plans to major in biology at St. Mary's College.

Park View: Richard Hang, who will study pre-med at the University of Virginia, and Kathryn Meintel, who will study biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

Potomac Falls: Ernesto Gonzalez, who plans to study biochemistry and chemical engineering at Harvard University, and Yassaman Pourkazemi.

Stone Bridge: Remington Below and Camille Donovan, both of whom plan to major in engineering at the University of Virginia.