Frequently Asked Questions

When should I submit my scholarship application?

The earlier the better! Our deadline for submission shifts a bit each year, but generally falls on the third week in April.

What if I am missing some documents?

We understand that some items may be delayed. Please submit the majority of the requested documents with the application and indicate when the others will be sent.

What forms of Documentation of Foster Care are accepted?

Court documents, letters from DFCS or other state agencies.

Who should I ask to submit letters of recommendation?

People that know you best and can paint a verbal picture of your character and strengths. These include teachers, mentors, counselors, clergy, coaches, tutors and community leaders are some of the best resources.

I don’t have my ACT/SAT scores yet.

Please submit the supporting documents you do have and indicate when the scores will be sent

Who is eligible for an nsoro scholarship?

Youth in foster care who meet one of the following requirements:

  • have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday,
  • OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday,
  • OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.

 

Who funds the nsoro scholarship?

100% of the funding for nsoro scholarships is provided by private donations by individuals and corporate partnerships.

How do I buy tickets to Starfish Ball?

Tickets to the 13th Annual Starfish Ball can be purchased online at https://www.501auctions.com/nsorostarfishball/ or by giving us a call at 404-524-0807.

What is nsoro’s federal tax ID number?

Your donation to the nsoro Foundation is 100% tax-deductible. Our EIN is: 87-0758361

What does the nsoro scholarship cover?

The nsoro Scholarship covers all academic related expenses, including but not limited to tuition, room and board, academic fees, meal plan, books and academic supplies.

Does the Scholarship Cover the Cost of Studying Abroad

The nsoro Scholarship does apply to studying abroad cost once the nsoro Scholar has completed a minimum of one academic year in our Scholarship Program at an accredited instutition in the United States.

Is There An nsoro Scholarship For Graduate School?

Yes, nsoro scholarships can be applied to fund Graduate school through age 26.

How Can I Volunteer?

You can volunteer for nsoro in a multitude of ways and we are eager to speak with you about details.  Please contact Monica Pantoja or Claire Travis at 404.524.0807 for more details.

Can an nsoro Scholar Combine Their Merit-Based Leadership Scholarship with Other Scholarships To Pay Room and Board and Other Colleges Expenses?

Yes, our scholarship is regularly applied in tandem with ETV, Pell, Chaffee, Hope and other academic scholarships

Do I Need to Keep a Minimum GPA to Keep the Scholarship?

The minimum GPA to apply and maintain your nsoro Scholarship is 2.0.

How do I refer a student to nsoro?

Thank you for your interest in nsoro’s educational programming and academic scholarships.

Regarding the nsoro Scholarship Program:

We award academic scholarships to 2 year, 4 year, vocational, trade and graduate school.  Our application timeline begins every January 1st and closes April 15th every year.  The nsoro Foundation Scholarship Committee meets the third week in April to review, vote and award new Scholarships.  This committee also selects two essay winners, a male and female candidate whose essay best articulates the answer to our annual essay question.  All scholarship recipients are notified the first week of May of their nsoro Scholarship.

Our application process is secure, easy and entirely online.  If you will refer the student to the APPLY button at the top right hand of our website, click Scholarship. The directions for application submission and required documents our outlined in detail.  If you or the student wish to speak to someone directly or have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 404.524.0807.  Please ask for Monica Pantoja, Executive Director or Claire Travis, Programs and Social Impact Manager.

Regarding the College Bound Program:

We receive applications for our College Bound Program from January 1st – May 5th annually.  Applications are processed internally with our university partners and students are notified of their acceptance into one of our eight university programs by May 31st each year.  Our application process is secure, easy and entirely online.  If you will refer the student and/or case worker to the APPLY button at the top right hand of our website, click College Bound and you will be directed to the College Bound application. Directions and required documents are outlined in detail.

If you are interested in becoming a College Bound university partner,  please fill out the form here. We will be in contact with you upon receipt.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of our College Bound Program, please see the Bound for Success information here and give us a call at 404.524.0807.

If you or the student wish to speak to someone directly or have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 404.524.0807.  Please ask for Monica Pantoja, Executive Director or Claire Travis, Programs and Social Impact Manager.