Joseph Martone Memorial Scholarship recipient Ibukunoluwa Olabomi with Debbie Rimler.
Joseph Martone Memorial Scholarship recipient Ibukunoluwa Olabomi with Debbie Rimler. 

Ibukunoluwa Olabomi Garners Tri-CYA Award

July 14, 2023

Huntington High School Class of 2023 member Ibukunoluwa Olabomi has garnered the Tri-Community & Youth Agency’s Joseph Martone Memorial Scholarship award, which carries a $500 stipend.

Mr. Olabomi plans to study at St. John Fisher University in Upstate Pittsford, outside of Rochester. He extensively participated in the high school music program, including the Blue Devil marching band, as well as the athletic program with the wrestling and track teams and in the extracurricular club program. Yet he still found time to tutor and mentor students at Tri-CYA as a volunteer.

Mr. Martone had a long association with Tri-CYA, serving on its board of directors as president, vice president, treasurer and fundraising committee chairman at one time or another for more than two decades until his death in 2004.

The Martone scholarship is annually awarded to a graduating senior who combines “the values and ideals that Joe stood for; hard work, commitment to school work, athletics, teamwork and an unselfish dedication to a community cause,” according to Tri-CYA.

Tri-CYA Regional Director Debbie Rimler was on hand at Huntington High School’s senior scholarships and awards ceremony to present the $500 Martone scholarship to Mr. Olabomi.

“As a [Tri-CYA] board member and volunteer, Joseph Martone stood for hard work and commitment to education,” Ms. Rimler said. “He was a team player and had an unselfish dedication to community service.”

Mr. Martone helped develop Tri-CYA’s Hall of Honor, which honors distinguished community members who have volunteered to help local youth. He was willing to do everything from helping around Tri-CYA’s facility to delivering food, supplies and even diapers to families in need. The scholarship award is funded by David S. Pottruck, one of Mr. Martone’s former students.