The Marshall Association, a professional, employee service organization at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has awarded scholarships to four college-bound children of association members.

Samantha Frederick of Rogersville, Ala.; Olivia Grubbs of Hazel Green, Ala.; and Kayla Tickles and Eric Turner of Huntsville — all 2010 high school graduates — received a combined $4,200 in scholarships.

The Marshall Association, which includes civil service employees, retirees and contractors, provides informal networking and community-building opportunities for members. In addition to the annual college scholarship competition, it sponsors a speaker program addressing topics of interest to Marshall Center workers.

The association’s scholarship awards are primarily funded from membership dues. It selects recipients based on grade-point averages, honor awards, extracurricular activities and ACT/SAT scores.

“We are an active, engaged community at the Marshall Center, dedicated to hard work, strong relationships and the open interchange of ideas,” said Markeeva Morgan, president of the association, who is a team lead in Marshall’s Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate. “We recognize the value of nurturing these traits in new generations of young professionals, and we are very pleased to recognize the hard work, vision and ambition of these four exceptional students.”

About the award recipients Frederick, the daughter of Kenneth and Lorraine Frederick of Rogersville, graduated in May from Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville. She will attend Mississippi State University in Starkville, where she plans to study to become a civil or mechanical engineer. Her father is an electronics engineer in the Systems Development, Integration & Test Division of the Marshall Center’s Engineering Directorate.

Grubbs, the daughter of Rodney and Shannon Grubbs of Hazel Green, graduated in May from Hazel Green High School. She will pursue a career as a veterinarian for domestic animals at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her father is manager of NASA’s Digital Television Program at Marshall.

Tickles, the daughter of Dr. Virginia and Jordan Tickles of Huntsville, graduated in May from Buckhorn High School in New Market. She will attend Hampton University in Hampton, Va., studying secondary mathematics education. Her mother is an aerospace engineer in the Engineering Cost Office in Marshall’s Office of Strategic Analysis & Communications.

Turner, the son of Susan Turner and Jim Turner of Huntsville, graduated in May from Randolph School in Huntsville. With plans to become a neurosurgeon, he will attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. His mother is the program manager for technology demonstration missions at Marshall. His father is deputy manager of the Spacecraft & Vehicle Systems Department in Marshall’s Engineering Directorate.