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The Ruth Taylor Scholarship Awards

United Way is proud to work with the Westchester County Department of Social Services and the Urban League to offer the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Awards to aspiring public service professionals.

The Ruth Taylor Award Fund, established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Commissioner of Public Welfare of Westchester County and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service to the County in the field of social welfare and health, provides annual grants for scholarship awards, for tuition or maintenance, or both.

Persons interested in applying for a scholarship should anticipate an announcement being released on the websites of United Way and Westchester County DSS at in the spring. Scholarships are awarded for the Fall semester. Eligible individuals must be residents of Westchester County pursuing graduate level education on a full-time basis at accredited U.S. colleges or schools in social welfare or public health. Criteria used in evaluating applications are public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.

Download Application:

Deadline: June 19, 2015

For more information contact: Karen Bonaparte at 914 997-6700 x723 

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From back row left, John Befus, Deputy Commissioner, Westchester County DSS; Kevin McGuire, Commissioner, Westchester County DSS; Sharon Thomas, Director, Harm Reduction Program, Urban League of Westchester County; front row left, recipient Marisa Ragonese of Mohegan Lake;  recipient Maryam Vernon-Kalantari of Ossining; Karen Bonaparte, V.P. Strategic Initiatives of United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

Scholarship winners for the 2014-15 academic year: Casey Baginski of Yorktown Heights is pursuing dual master’s degrees in social work and public health at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice; Simon Bresler (White Plains), Veronica Castro (White Plains) and Maryam Vernon-Kalantari (Ossining) are pursuing master’s degrees in social work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College;  Deanna Frugis of Ossining and Sarah Tartaglia of Rye are studying for master’s degrees in social work at Columbia University School of Social Work; Katie O’Leary (Shenorock) is attending Lehman College to obtain an MSW degree;  Marisa Ragonese (Mohegan Lake)is pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; In addition, Deborah Stromes of Somers attends the Fordham University School of Social Service in pursuit of a master’s degree in social work.

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