2017 Ruth Taylor scholarship applications soughtApril 28, 2017 - 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. For the 2017-2018 academic year, awards will range between $1,000 and $5,000 for tuition or maintenance, or both.

The submission deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017, 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, Bo Zhang, Project Manager & Executive Assistant to the President, by e-mail at or download application and cover letter.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is a local organization that helps local residents in Westchester and Putnam become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. United Way of Westchester and Putnam is located at 336 Central Park Ave., White Plains, NY 10606. They can be reached at (914) 997-6700. Follow United Way on Facebook and Twitter@UnitedWayWP for the latest news and updates.