Welcome, and thank you for your interest in The nsoro Foundation. We provide academic scholarships and college-prep programs for foster care youth—current, aged-out, and emancipated—and wards of the state. Please take a moment to review the guidelines and eligibility criteria for each application below. If you have any questions, please contact us at (404) 524-0807. 

Thank you, and good luck!

Eligibility for new and current nsoro scholars:

  1. Age 16-26
  2. GPA of 2.0 or higher
  3. Enrolled in a fully accredited program, college, university or school. 

Each semester, please submit the following in order to receive your scholarship:

  1. Completed Financial Aid Verification Form [available for download here.]
  2. Current transcripts
  3. Class registration for the upcoming semester
  4. Tuition for the upcoming semester - in tandem with your financial aid verification form
  5. A short detailed letter explaining how you would like your award to be applied. (Tuition, Housing, Meal Plan, Etc.)

If you would like a pre-disbursement letter sent to your college or university, please include in your award application letter a direct email address to your primary contact in the financial aid office.

Submission Deadlines & Disbursement Dates:

  1. Fall Term: Forms Due By August 20  > All awards will be disbursed by September 30th.
  2. Spring Term: Forms Due By January 18 > All awards will be disbursed by February 28th.
  3. Summer Term: Forms Due By May 20 > All awards will be disbursed by June 30th.


Please DO NOT email forms. 

Please contact us at (404) 524-0807 or email us at onewell@nsoro.foundation if you have any questions.

Scholarship Guidelines

  • Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to retain scholarships. Scholarships are announced annually in May. Recipients are notified via email at the email address provided in their application.
  • 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 and should address why the applicant deserves a scholarship, describing specific abilities, skills, or attributes of the applicant that exemplify excellence in his/her school or community. The three letters must be uploaded as part of the complete application in order to submit. 
  • An official high school or college transcript must be uploaded, along with the name and contact information of the school registrar, as part of the complete application in order to submit. Applications will not be considered if the name and phone number of the school registrar (or other official who prepared the transcript) are not included. 
  • The applicant must provide documentation that he/she is 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. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Certify that he/she is 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. 
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent and have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Have been accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or another post-secondary school.
  • Plan to attend school as a full-time student.
  • Be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which they apply if they have not previously received funding from The nsoro Foundation.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Students who have been nsoro scholars for four years will be considered for advanced degree support.

Application Deadline EXTENDED: May 15, 2020

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