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W.Va. Scholarship Differs with Others that Allow Church Service

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A West Virginia University student says the state should have deferred his scholarship while he served a church mission.

David Haws has filed a lawsuit and wants his scholarship reinstated.

Haws is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is suing West Virginia's PROMISE scholarship board for denying him a leave of absence to serve a church mission for two years.

Haws claims his First Amendment right to freely exercise his religion was violated.

West Virginia's state director of financial aid programs said he couldn't comment because his office has not seen the lawsuit yet.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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