United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Julia Rennert of Tarrytown 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.”
Rennert was recently employed at AmeriCorps in Philadelphia. Before that, she was with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and Her Campus magazine. Rennert has also served as a reading tutor with Badgers Volunteers in Madison, Wisconsin, and as a domestic violence intervention services volunteer with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
“I’m so honored and appreciative to be chosen as one of the 2019 Ruth Taylor Scholarship Award winners,” Rennert said. “I’m very excited to begin my journey towards earning a Master’s degree in Public Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health with the support of this scholarship. I’d like to extend my thanks the Ruth Taylor Scholarship Award Committee for supporting my academic goals.”
Rennert earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences Communication with a certificate in Global Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is currently enrolled at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree. Her award is in the amount of $1,500.
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.