Community Involvement

Ironwood prison awards scholarships

Teenagers smile as they hold pieces of paper.
The presenters and recipients of the awards are from left, Marina Birdsong, Sienna Scott, Valentin Gamez, Katey Rowden-Cebreros, Marissa Smith, Reece Lloyd, Juan Tellez, Jovanna Banuelos-Carillo, Clay Pierce, Riley Mefford, Kayla Currier and Warden Neil McDowell.

Ironwood State Prison Warden Neil McDowell and Marina Birdsong, President of prison’s employee association, presented Palo Verde High School and Twin Palms High School seniors with $6,500 in scholarships. 

The scholarships at Palo Verde High School were presented to 10 seniors who were found to be very deserving of the awards. Over 20 students were interviewed by prison staff and the top 10 students were selected. Kayla Currier received a $1,000 scholarship and 9 others each received a $500 scholarship.  

The scholarships at Twin Palms High School were presented to Valedictorian Natalie Lindenmuth and Salutatorian Bailey Huffman. These two students had the top two academic grade point averages for their time at the school, each earning themselves a $500 scholarship.

Two teenagers hold certificates while standing between their parents.
Twin Palms High School Salutatorian Bailey Huffman, center, and Valedictorian Natalie Lindenmuth each received a $500 scholarship.