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 15, 2020, 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 loss of the scholarship award.

Since 2008, United Way through the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Fund has awarded a collective total of $160,000 to 60 graduate students. The average award has been $2,655 and can be used for tuition or maintenance, or both.

Inquiries can be directed to: United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Doris Perez, program coordinator, via e-mail at or download the application and cover letter at

The 2019-20 scholarship winners are:

Selene Carrillo of New Rochelle
Monica Constantino of Briarcliff Manor
Gloria Espana of Yonkers
Gloria Freeman of New Rochelle
Nicollete Loaiza of New Rochelle
Jenny Maldonado of Port Chester
Amanda Massa of West Harrison
Julia Rennert of Tarrytown
Marilyn Thomson of White Plains
Crystal Ukaegbu of New Rochelle

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) provides strategic resources and tools to residents in crisis or who are marginalized due to personal or life’s circumstances. These include the 2-1-1 helpline, early literacy programming for preschoolers, job skills training and financial empowerment for adults, as well as access to health services.

UWWP is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. Phone: 914-997-6700 Website: Facebook: ( and Twitter (@UnitedWayWP)

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