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    Ophelia Foundation Offers Scholarships To College-Bound High School Seniors

    Foundation Recognizes Three Deserving Local Students

    Haymarket, VA, July 18, 2018 — The OPHELIA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those with few or no opportunities, announced today that for a second year, it has awarded three $1,000 scholarships. Two college-bound high school seniors were the recipients of the Ophelia Scholarship, and a third student received the Gil and Jameece Pinckney Scholarship. The Foundation awarded the scholarships to these outstanding students to help them defray the costs of pursuing a higher education.

    The Ophelia Scholarships were awarded to:

    Jasmine Morgan, who graduated from Thomas Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She will attend Pennsylvania State University and plans to major in veterinary science and immunology and infectious diseases. Morgan, daughter of Cheryl Greene, had a 4.235 grade point average and will work toward becoming a veterinary pathologist.

    Yosef Sendek, who graduated from Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Sendek will major in political science at Albright College. He had a 3.73 grade point average and plans to become a politician. He is the son of Seble Fekadu and Mulu Fathahun.

    The Gil & Jameece Pinckney Scholarship was awarded to:

    Mickayla Bacorn, who graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, Maryland. Bacorn will attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County, majoring in biochemistry. She had a 3.9 grade point average (weighted 4.59) and plans to become a researcher. She is the daughter of Jack and Leyenda Bacorn.

    Thirty students applied for the three scholarships. To be considered, all applicants were required to meet academic, citizenship, and other criteria specified by the donors.

    OPHELIA Founder Jameece Pinckney said, “The OPHELIA Foundation is pleased to award scholarships to Jasmine, Yosef, and Mickayla to assist them in the next phase of their education. These talented and ambitious students are high achievers who will excel in their chosen fields of study.

    “Our goal in making these awards is to help young people get the best possible start in their college careers. We want to assist our rising college freshmen financially, and we look forward to awarding scholarships for a third year in 2019.”

    Fawn Coleman, Chair of the OPHELIA Scholarship Committee, said, “The Foundation is honored to award scholarships to Jasmine, Yosef, and Mickayla. They are outstanding role models who excelled academically, in extracurricular activities, and in the community. We look forward to their continued successes and accomplishments during the course of their college careers.”

    The three recipients were recognized at the Foundation’s fourth annual fundraiser — “Party with a Purpose” — in Arlington, Virginia, on July 14.


    The OPHELIA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization enabling Opportunities to Provide Hope, Empower Lives, and Influence Advancement. The “O” in OPHELIA represents Optimism, Opportunity, and Oneness and symbolizes a legacy of infinite giving. Founded in 2014, the OPHELIA Foundation is based on the principle of helping others through initiatives that address critical needs in poverty, health, education, arts, sports, and technology. The Foundation also supports youth initiatives in local communities by providing grants to individuals and institutions.

    The OPHELIA Foundation is based in Haymarket, Virginia. For additional information, or to donate, please visit

    © 2024 The Ophelia Foundation. The Ophelia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It enables Opportunities to Provide Hope, Empower Lives, and Influence Advancement. The Foundation is based on the principle of helping others, particularly those who might otherwise have few or no opportunities.