The Joe Obbie Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships, awarded to graduating high school seniors and funded by SYTE, are 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 all. He and his wife Pat served as foster parents for many years, and adopted 3 of his 7 children. He was the recipient of many special honors attributed to someone so outstanding in the support of his church and community. A few examples: Family of the Year in 1979 by the New York State Knights of Columbus, Patriot of the Year in 2005 by the Webster Knights of Columbus, and the renaming of the Webster Farmers’ Market in his memory.
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. 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 Joe Obbies’s honor, we are committed to helping students who are involved in community service and who hope to pursue their love of performing arts through higher education.
Past Scholarship Recipients
The scholarship is intended for students who intend to have a life long involvement in the performing arts, but it is not a requirement. The following criteria are kept in mind when evaluating each applicant.
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