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Westchester Graduate Students Sought To Apply For Ruth Taylor Award Fund

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester graduate students who are pursuing a career in social work or public health are invited to apply for a scholarship through the Ruth Taylor Award Fund.

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 2015-16 academic year, awards will range between $1,000 and $5,000 for tuition or maintenance or both.

Financial need, public service and scholastic capacity are part of the evaluation criteria. Recipients must maintain the minimum cumulative university grade-point average 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.

The submission deadline is Friday, June 19, by which time the application and all supporting documents must be received.

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 service. The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County government and the Urban League of Westchester County.

Inquiries can be directed to United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Karen Bonaparte, vice president for strategic initiatives, via e-mail at or download the application and cover letter at

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