Webster Theatre Guild is pleased to announce the availability of the Joseph S. Obbie Scholarship for graduating seniors who are going on to college.
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Some important things to remember:
- Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted
- Two Letters of Recommendation are needed
- The Essay is to be no more than 200 words
- You do not need to be majoring in a theatre field to apply for this scholarship
- Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2015 and addressed to:
Webster Theatre Guild
PO Box 670
Webster, NY 14580
Attention: Joseph S. Obbie Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is dedicated to Joseph S. Obbie, a lifelong Webster resident, and community leader, who came to theater late in life and embraced it.
Joe lived a life that was an outstanding example for us all. As a father, he served as a Cub Scout leader and a chief in the Indian Guides. He and his wife Pat served as foster parents for many years, and adopted 3 of his 7 children. He was a devout Catholic and at the Holy Trinity Church he served as a choir member for more than 35 years, a Parish Council member, a member of the prison ministry, and a founder of the St. Camillus Ministry, a program where members of the church visit those that are sick and ill. As a member of the Knights of Columbus for 37 years, he helped organize countless spaghetti dinners, bingo tournaments, family picnics and holiday events. In 1979 his family was honored as Family of the Year by the New York State Knights of Columbus and in 2005 the Webster Knights of Columbus named him Patriot of the Year, an honor given to someone who has been outstanding in their support of their church and community. Within the community of Webster, he helped to found the Webster Farmers' Market, which was renamed in his honor, co-chaired the Webster Alumni Committee, and volunteered with the Penfield Ambulance. In 1982, he and his wife were instrumental in forming Webster Residents Against Drug Abuse.
He participated with the Webster Theatre Guild for over 10 years both on and off the stage, as well as participated with the Neighborhood Acting Company and RAPA. His signature role as Daddy Warbucks mirrored the man he was in life, a hardworking, caring person. Joe was a constant source of encouragement for the younger performers in the casts he performed with. His fight against cancer during his final role as Warbucks in 2005 was an inspiration to all in the Guild, as well as in the community.
In his honor, we are committed to helping students who are involved in community service and who hope to pursue their love of performing arts throughout their lives. Webster Theatre Guild, Inc. (WTG) offers annual scholarships of equal amounts to seniors in High School who are planning to participate in an accredited college or university program during the Fall term. Students who apply must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. In addition, students applying are required to complete a short application including references, a history of their performing arts involvement, a history of the community involvement and a 200 word essay on how performing arts has enhanced their lives and how they plan to continue their involvement in the performing arts.
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