The Appanoose County Veteran's Association awarded three $250 and one $1,000 scholarships to four senior students attending Centerville, Moravia and Moulton-Udell high schools.
Scholarship applicants were required to have a 2.0 grade point average or above and write a 500 word essay explaining what freedom means to them.
Quentin Fowler, a Moulton-Udell senior with a 4.112 GPA, was awarded a $250 scholarship from the ACVA.
Fowler plans to attend Iowa State University and major in aerospace engineering.
Fowler's essay says: "To me freedom is what allows me to be who I am. It means that I can live the life that I choose to live without worrying about anybody holding me back. But it also means that I have a duty, an obligation, to protect that freedom for future generations."
Logan Dabney, a Centerville High School senior with a GPA of 3.628, was awarded a $250 scholarship from the ACVA.
Dabney plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa or Central College in Pella and major in pre-chiropractic.
Dabney's essay says: "Freedom is something that most of us take for granted. Many of us don't understand how fortunate we are to live in a country like America. In some parts of the world, you are only allowed to worships as the leaders command you to."
Lei Alena Dagat, a Centerville High School senior with a 4.0 GPA, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the ACVA.
Dagat plans to attend Culver-Stockton College and major in nursing and minor in music and eventually go on to become a nurse practitioner.
Dagat's essay says: "Freedom is being able to say 'no' to something and taking a stand in what you believe in, and not one person in this entire world can make you conform to his or her ideas. When it comes down to it, freedom is all about the choices people make and how they act upon those choices. Without freedom, I would not be able to be who I am today."
Katarina Stone, a Moravia High School senior with a 3.85 GPA, was awarded a $250 scholarship from the ACVA.
Stone plans to attend Mid America Nazarene University and major in math and ministry.
Stone's essay says: "Freedom is the privilege that we have, not the right. So many times I have realized that I've taken my freedom for granted, but then when I stop and think about freedom, I realize that I'm so thankful and grateful for what others have done so that I can be free."