Announcing Masada’s 2024 George K. Igi Scholarship Recipients

George K. IGI Scholarship Program Building Futures & Igniting Careers

Before founding Masada Homes in 1989, George K. Igi was recognized as an exceptionally
talented social worker who understood how to engage and motivate youth who were involved in the justice system. These insights led George to develop innovative programming at Masada that has produced life-changing outcomes for thousands of children, youth, and families. 

Masada’s Board and Executive Leadership Team have established an annual scholarship program to acknowledge George’s passion for education and commitment to serving the community. The George K. Igi Scholarship program carries forward his legacy by investing in Masada employees who are committed to advancing their education and careers. This year, four Masada employees received scholarships. Awardees were selected based on their dedicated service at Masada and their desire to grow their knowledge and expertise in the field of social work.

April McClellan
April is in her second year of a doctorate program in social work and serves as a clinical supervisor and manager in Masada’s Full-Service Partnership (FSP) Program. By advancing her knowledge and skills, she believes she can help those she supervises to grow professionally. April also intends to set a positive example for others on how to balance work, education, and personal goals to achieve their dreams.

Eliana Jurado
Eliana is pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. She has worked at Masada as a Wraparound Child and Family Specialist for the past three years. Eliana appreciates the experience she has gained in her current role and anticipates making an even greater impact as a Wraparound Therapist. Eliana models the time management skills she teaches her teen clients and even finds time to serve as a community volunteer.

Nelly Gutierrez
Nelly serves as a case manager at Masada while pursuing a Master of Social Work degree. She is an enthusiastic student who thrives on learning the latest research, treatment modalities, and best practices. Nelly plans to apply her new knowledge to providing and supervising the delivery of high-quality mental health services to Masada clients. Nelly effectively balances her busy life through detailed planning, setting realistic goals, and self-care.

Mireya Romero
Mireya describes her journey as one of resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment. The first in her family to pursue an advanced degree, she believes she is fulfilling her aspirations and breaking barriers for others as she continues her educational path. Mireya is confident that life experience, work experience, and graduate education will help her make a significant and positive impact in the field of social work. Mireya is recognized for her strong work ethic, having moved into a supervisory role at Masada after serving as a parent partner.

The George K. Igi Scholarships are funded through private donations and a grant from the California Department of Health Care Access and Information. To contribute or learn more about the George K. Igi Scholarship Program, please email Patricia Tindbaek, Chief Development Officer, by clicking here.

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