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April 14, 2022


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, the 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 6, 2022, 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 $184,000 to 67 graduate students. Last year, the scholarship winners were: Mariam Abu of New Rochelle, Sandy Castillo Guiracocha of Thornwood, and Tyrone Jones of Hartsdale. 

Inquiries can be directed to United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Norma Pereira-Gross, Program Coordinator, via e-mail at or download the application and cover letter at