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June 4, 2019

Applications Sought for Ruth Taylor Scholarships

Awards will go to graduate students in social work or public health

White Plains, N.Y., April 11, 2019– Westchester County graduate students pursuing careers in social work or public health are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through the Ruth Taylor Award 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 average awards have between $3,600 and $7,000, which can be used for tuition, maintenance, or both.

The submission deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019, 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.

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

About United Way of Westchester and Putnam

United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is a local organization that helps residents in Westchester and Putnam become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community. We focus on children, adults and families living on the financial edge. Our 2-1-1 helpline takes nearly 80,000 calls a year, providing resources to resolve basic and pressing needs – heating, food, shelter, tax assistance, mortgage questions, childcare, natural disaster and crisis calls. We offer job skills training and financial education to adults. And we help children to read on grade level by third grade, a critical marker of academic success and future viability in our society.