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April 16, 2021

Applications Sought for Ruth Taylor Scholarships

Westchester County graduate students pursuing careers in social work or public health are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as the county’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County Government and the Urban League of Westchester County.

Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. The submission deadline is Monday, June 14, 2021, by which time the application and all supporting documents must be received.

Financial need, public service, and scholastic capacity are part of the evaluation criteria. Recipients must maintain the minimum cumulative university GPA for the duration of the award. Awards are issued annually, and students are eligible to apply if they have not previously received the scholarship. A change in major or enrollment status (to part-time) will result in the loss of the scholarship award.

Since 2008, United Way through the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Fund has awarded a collective total of $175,000 to 64 graduate students. The average award has been $3,000 and can be used for tuition or maintenance, or both.
Inquiries can be directed to United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Sabrina Ponzini, Impact Coordinator, via e-mail at or download the application and cover letter at

The 2020-2021 scholarship winners are:
Emma Kaishian of Sleepy Hollow
Stefanie Nolli Gaspar of White Plains
Holly Fink of Larchmont
Joseph Benenati of Eastchester