Brigham Young University has awarded prestigious Ezra Taft Benson Scholarships to five outstanding high school seniors from Utah County, with studies to begin in the fall of 1991.

President Rex E. Lee announced that Emily Bankhead, Michael Wayne Durham and Nephi Allred of Provo, and Marshall Grant Bartlett and James Patterson of Orem were among the 12 young men and 12 young women nationwide chosen on the basis of superior scholarship, leadership ability, high moral character and service to school, community and church.The Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship is the top scholarship award offered by BYU. Each grant is for a minimum of $12,000 for four years.

Bankhead is a senior at Timpview High School in Provo. She was first runner-up in the 1991 Utah Young Woman of the Year pageant. She has served as the National Honor Society historian and as a medical intern at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Bankhead won second place in the Freedom Festival Speech Contest last year. She also enjoys singing, playing the piano, children's literature and all kinds of sports. She plans to major in nursing at BYU.

Durham is also a senior at Timpview High School who is ranked first in his class. He is a general Sterling Scholar at Timpview and a National Merit Scholar. He was on the second-place team for the BYU Science Bowl competition and won first place in BYU's critical essay and poetry contests.

Durham enjoys computer programming, drama and reading. His intended major at BYU is pre-medicine/English.

Allred is the third Benson recipient from Timpview High School in Provo. He was physics student of the year in 1990 and a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He is an Eagle Scout who was Spanish student of the year in 1988.

He won third place in the 1991 state math competition. Allred plans to major in molecular biology and physics at BYU. He enjoys playing the trombone, hiking and math puzzles.

Bartlett is a senior at Orem High School. He is band president, yearbook photo editor, co-captain of the varsity soccer team, a National Merit Scholarship finalist and a team member in the academic decathlon.

He also serves in the German club presidency and as an Orem High Constitution team member. Bartlett enjoys photography, soccer, literature, hiking and playing the French horn. He plans to major in physics at BYU.

Patterson is a senior at Mountain View High School in Orem. He is president of the orchestra and a mathematics Sterling Scholar for Mountain View. He is also a commended student in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Patterson plays the piano, violin and viola in addition to enjoying fantasy novels. His intended major at BYU is chemistry.

Other Utah recipients of the Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship are Sylvia Ramachandran of Salt Lake City, Shauna McPherson of Fruit Heights, Shalane Hansen of Providence, Stanley Gordon of Vernal and Angela Wentz, Amy Cragun and Matthew Bentley of Logan.