Welcome, and thank you for your interest in The nsoro Educational Foundation.

We provide direct academic scholarships, executive-level coaching, mentorship, and workforce readiness programs for youth aging out of foster care nationwide. All youth currently in foster care, aged-out, and emancipated youth are encouraged to apply.

Please take a moment to review the guidelines and eligibility criteria outlined below. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at (404) 524-0807 or email internteam@nsoro.foundation

The 2024-2025 Scholarship Application will open on December 1, 2023, and close on March 15, 2024. 

Eligibility Criteria Applicants must:

  • Certify that they are currently in foster care, a ward of the state, or eligible for ILP, having aged out of foster care as a young adult.
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Have been accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or another post-secondary school.
  • We support youth ages 16-26.  You must be under the age of 26 at the time you submit your application. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Scholarships are announced annually on May 31. Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to retain scholarships. Recipients will receive a notification via email at the email address provided in their application.
  • Scholarship disbursements are sent directly to the academic institution.
  • Applicants must obtain three letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, or community leaders. The letters must include a brief description of the relationship with the applicant. They should address why the applicant deserves a scholarship, describing specific abilities, skills, or attributes that exemplify excellence in their school or community. 
  • Applicants must submit an official high school or college transcript. 
  • The applicant must provide documentation that they are currently placed in foster care by the state court system or that they "aged out" of the foster care system and have not been adopted. (Must be a court document or letter from a caseworker or ILS)


FOR CURRENT NSORO SCHOLARS | You do not have to reapply. 

Please submit the following documents 

1. AWARD PACKAGE SUMMARY

2. STUDENT BILL, 

3. UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, 

4. CLASS SCHEDULE 

Submission Deadlines & Disbursement Dates:

  1. Fall Term: Submit Forms Between July 15 - August 31. All awards will be disbursed by September 30.
  2. Spring Term: Submit Forms Between December 15 - January  31  All awards will be disbursed by February 28.
  3. Summer Term: Submit Forms Between April 15 - May 31 All awards will be disbursed by June 30.

Pre Disbursement Letters will be sent on Wednesdays and Fridays. This letter will be sent to you and your academic institution with the amount you will receive for the semester. (The following week after your submission) 

FOR CURRENT NSORO SCHOLARS | You do not have to reapply. You must have at least a 2.0 GPA. be 26 and under, and enrolled at an accredited institution to receive funding. Please submit the following documents (AWARD PACKAGE SUMMARY, STUDENT BILL, UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT, AND CLASS SCHEDULE) during the dates below:
Submission Deadlines & Disbursement Dates:

  1. Fall Term: Submit Forms Between July 15 - August 31  > All awards will be disbursed by September 30th.
  2. Spring Term: Submit Forms Between Dec 15 - January  31 > All awards will be disbursed by February 28th.
  3. Summer Term: Submit Forms Between April 15 - May 31> All awards will be disbursed by June 30th.

Pre-Disbursement Letters will be sent to your school. This letter will be sent to you and your institution with the amount you will be receiving for the semester. (The following week after your submission)

The nsoroWorks Technical or Vocational Application will open on December 7, 2023, and close on March 15, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria Applicants must:

  • Certify that they are currently placed in foster care, a ward of the state, and/or eligible for ILP, having aged out of foster care as a young adult.
  • Have been accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible technical or vocational post-secondary school.
  • Be under the age of 26 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received funding from The nsoro Educational Foundation.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

DEADLINE EXTENSION: March 15, 2024

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and room and board. Scholarship disbursements are sent directly to the academic institution.
  • Applicants must obtain three letters of recommendation written by teachers, employers, or community leaders. The letters must include a brief description of the relationship to the applicant. They should address why the applicant deserves a scholarship, describing specific abilities, skills, or attributes that exemplify excellence in their school or community. The three letters must be uploaded as part of the complete application to submit.
  • The applicant must provide documentation that they are currently placed in foster care by the state court system or that you "aged out" of the foster care system and have not been adopted. (Must be a court document or letter from caseworker or ILS)
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