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    Ophelia Foundation Offers Scholarships To College-Bound High School Seniors

    Foundation Recognizes Three Deserving Students

    Haymarket, VA, July 10, 2017 — The OPHELIA Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those with few or no opportunities, announced today that it has awarded three $1,000 scholarships. Two college-bound high school seniors are the recipients of the Ophelia Scholarship, and a third 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:

    Emily Burns, a senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia, who will attend High Point University, pursuing a double major in criminal justice and Spanish. Burns, who has a 4.37 grade point average, will work to become an agent for the FBI.

    Brie Gisseman, a senior at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg, Virginia, who will attend Brigham Young University, majoring in biochemistry. Gisseman has a 4.64 grade point average and will work toward becoming an orthodontist.

    The Gil and Jameece Pinckney Scholarship was awarded to:

    Morgan Freiberg, a student at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia, who will attend the University of Virginia, majoring in mechanical engineering/mathematics. Freiberg, who has a 4.49 grade point average, will work toward becoming an engineer or physicist/mathematician.

    Fifty 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 Chairman and Founder Jameece Pinckney said, “The OPHELIA Foundation is proud to award scholarships to Emily, Brie, and Morgan as they prepare to enter the next phase of their education. These bright, dedicated, and ambitious students represent our future. Our goal in making the 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 again in 2018.”

    Fawn Coleman, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, said, “The Foundation is honored to have Emily, Brie, and Morgan receive the Foundation’s first scholarships. They are outstanding role models who excelled academically, in the community, and in extracurricular activities. We look forward to their continued success in their pursuit of higher education.”

    The three recipients were recognized at the Foundation’s third annual White Party with a Purpose fundraiser in Arlington, Virginia, on July 8.


    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.