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Twenty-four outstanding high school students admitted to Brigham Young University have been awarded the prestigious Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship and will begin studies in fall semester 1994.

President Rex E. Lee, who made the announcement, said the 12 young men and 12 young women were chosen on the basis of superior scholarship, leadership ability, high moral character and service to school, church and community.The Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship, named after the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors BYU, is the top scholarship award offered by BYU. Each grant is for a minimum of $14,040 over four years.

Recipients are Amanda Goggins of Brentwood, Tenn.; Evva Courtney Benson of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Jenny Rebecca Jensen, Greensboro, N.C.; Linda Stuart of Belmont, Mass.; Suzette Nelson of Lake Forest, Calif.; Kirsten Liechty of Bitberg, Germany; Marianne Pearson of Glendale, Calif.; Heather A. Telford of Auburn, Wash.; Emily Ann Cox of Provo; Amy Lynn Coleman of Salt Lake City; Amy Michelle Fuller of West Valley, Utah; and Carys A. Irwin of Exeter, Devon, England.

Others are Darron Todd Woolley of Lompoc, Calif.; Joel Cundick of Newtown, Penn.; David Michael Brown of Providence, Utah; Damian Paul Menscher of Milford, N.J.; Anton Rytting of Westminster, Calif.; Edward W. Pyper and Jared Sturgeon of of Mesa, Ariz.; Jason Boyer of Springville, Utah; Joe Tippetts of Mapleton, Utah; Patrick Q. Mason of Sandy, Utah; Andrew Stephen Fletcher of Fairfield, Maine; and Scott David Goodwin of Portland, Ore.