United Way of Westchester and Putnam (UWWP) is proud to announce that Selene Carrillo 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.”
Carrillo is a Crime Victim Advocate for Safe Haven in the Bronx. Previously, as an intern at Westchester Residential Opportunities, she helped organize a support group for the residents of the Independent Living Program. Carrillo has also been active with the Westchester Hispanic Coalition, where she supported ALAS, a program for Hispanic women who are victims of domestic violence. Before that, she was active in the Portchester Boys & Girls Club and the Don Bosco Community Center.
”I’m very grateful and truly appreciate that I was selected as one of the Ruth Taylor Scholarship recipients,” Carrillo said. “It is an honor for me to have your support while continuing my education in social work.”
Carrillo earned an Associate Degree in Human Services from Westchester County Community College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Concordia College. She is currently enrolled in the New York University Silver School of Social Work and is pursuing a Masters of Social Work 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.