United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Crystal Ukaegbu of New Rochelle has been awarded a 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship. She is one of ten recipients who collectively received scholarship awards totaling $19,500.
“I know each one of these extraordinary graduate students will make outstanding contributions to their fields and to their community,” said UWWP President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We at United Way wish them the very best as they further their education and embark on challenging careers.”
Ukaegbu is currently employed as a Health Educator at Mount Vernon Community Health Center, and is a Health and Trauma Policy intern at Resident Wellness in New York City. She has previous experience at All Metro Health Care and the City of Bridgeport Department of Health. Ukaegbu also contributes her time to the Brooklyn Free Clinic, Church of Christ food pantry in Mount Vernon, Americorps, and NGWA National Association.
“I am very honored to receive the Ruth Taylor Scholarship, “Ukaegbu said. “ I want to thank everyone at United Way for selecting me. This scholarship not only assisted me in continuing my graduate school education but also gave me a push to continue on my path. It’s always good to know there are organizations willing to support students as we are the future.”
Ukaegbu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Bridgeport. She is currently enrolled at SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree. Her award is in the amount of $3,000.
The Ruth Taylor Scholarship was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as Westchester 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. Over a period of 12 years, almost $160,000 has been awarded to 60 students with an average award value of $2,655. Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. Criteria used in evaluating applications include a demonstration of public service, financial need, and scholastic capacity.