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81% of Our Scholars Graduate Compared to the 4% National Average of Their Peers

At The nsoro Educational Foundation, we believe no young person aging out of the foster care system should have to navigate the world alone. nsoro offers educational opportunities, a community of support, and most importantly, hope to some of this generation’s most impressive young adults.

And that education can, has, and will continue to change the conversation, and alter the “predictable” path, and, in the process, redefine these youth by their resiliency, drive, and most importantly, a future full of possibilities.

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Why nsoro?


Rewrote the Narrative

nsoro scholars are responsible, young adults. They have not abused drugs, alcohol, and have not been incarcerated, severing the cyclical outcomes inheren to this vulnerable population.


Graduation Rate

Compared to the national 4% college graduation rate of former foster youth.


College Graduates

nsoro currently supports 302 scholars across 32 states attending 191 colleges and universities.

Our Mission and Vision

Founded in 2005, The nsoro Educational Foundation believes not one young person aging out of our nation’s foster case system should have to navigate the world alone.

Our mission provides the access to and attainment of post secondary education through a holistic scholarship that shepherds our youth to and through college, optimally positioning our graduates for an equitable transition into adulthood.

Our Scholarship

Our collegians are able to direct their $12,000 gap funding scholarship toward tuition, housing, books, fees, and food security over their course of their academic journey, at all levels of education – Associate, Bachelor’s, Masters, and Technical degrees, through age 26.

The nsoro Scholarship includes a comprehensive mentor program anchored in three tenets – emotional intelligence, financial literacy, and workforce readiness. The scholar’s certified executive coach remains in place throughout their college career.

Meet the Board

Darrell Mays

Dr. Steven D. Smith

Juanita Baranco

Vince Burkett

Lindsey Craft-Goins

Chris Gilmore

Tara Mays

Tish Inman

Carl Peoples

Meet the Team

Monica Pantoja
Executive Director

Darlene Trigg
Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

Randy Gorod
Development Director

Krista Gill
Grants and Marketing Manager

Our Partners