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Every semester, we support over 200 collegians nationwide in our scholarship program.

The nsoro Educational Foundation exists to ensure that all young adults who have aged out of the foster care system have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive, and become educated, confident, self-sustaining, and contributing members of society.

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Below is an example of how nsoro Foundation gap funding is applied.

Cost of Tuition: $25,000

  • Federal Pell Grant: $5,920
  • Federal SEOG Grant: $100-$4,000
  • Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • Federal ACG Grant: $750-$1,350
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
  • State Funded Grants if eligible – vary by state
  • ILP Assistance: $12,500 (funding varies by state)

Total: $21,420

Tuition Gap: -$3,580

The nsoro Scholarship: $3,580

Gap Funding

What if $1000 was the only thing standing between you and a college degree?

The amount of federal and state aid each student in foster care receives varies significantly and often results in disproportionate uncertainty and fear of losing the college opportunity. The nsoro Foundation steps in to close the gap in funding for youth from foster care by filling the tuition, meal plan, housing, and fee shortfall that many students need to remain enrolled in school.

The nsoro Foundation is proud to support scholars across a variety of postsecondary institutions each with the goal for our scholars’ to complete a vocational certificate or degree at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s levels.

For many students, an nsoro scholarship is the difference between a student graduating college or dropping out of school. With a single $5,000 donation you could give a student from foster care a college degree.

The Cost of Inaction

Youth who age out of the foster care system are more likely than their peers to drop out of school, become parents before they are ready, experience homelessness, or end up in jail—costly consequences that affect all Americans. On average, for every young person who ages out of the foster care system, taxpayers and communities pay $300,000 in social costs over that young person’s lifetime.


Young Americans



In Social Costs


$7.8 Billion


20,000+ Youth Age Out of Foster Care Yearly

  • 20% of these youth are homeless at the age of 18
  • 50% will have gainful employment by age 24
  • 1 in 4 will graduate from high school or get a GED
  • 1 in 2 will develop a substance abuse
  • $300,000 in societal costs per youth over their lifetime


nsoro has awarded in scholarships and college preparatory programs

55 Graduates

Class of 21-2022 | Degree Type



Our Reach

Since 2005, nsoro has helped 401 collegians who have aged out of foster care achieve postsecondary credentials. Currently supporting 302 scholars at 191 universities, we are creating a population of thriving former foster youth determined to beat the odds.

Rollover the map here to see where our scholars are enrolled.

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