nsoro Foundation - Making a difference, one foster child at a time.
The nsoro Foundation provides academic scholarships for foster care students.
The mission of The nsoro Educational Foundation is to cultivate a "circle of support" that nurtures and provides guidance to children in foster care, kinship care and those who have aged-out of care by following 5 Guiding Stars:
Advocate to improve the lives of foster children
Create programs to foster academic success
Provide scholarships for post-secondary education
Establish opportunities to network with professionals
Support activities around foster youth
Darrell Mays founded The nsoro Educational Foundation to support children in foster care through education. He was spurred to action after viewing the PBS documentary, "Aging Out," which follows the plight of children who have aged out of the foster system. The Mays family is guided out of their commitment to serving others.
On Thursday, October 15 Neiman Marcus hosted a luncheon and fashion show in honor of Vicki
Palmer, the nsoro Foundation's 2016 Starfish Ball Queen. Mark Fillion, General Manager of
Neiman Marcus Atlanta, recognized Mrs. Palmer for her breadth of philanthropic endeavors
and years of involvement in the Atlanta community and beyond.
A current nsoro scholar at Kennesaw State University shared her story of family neglect that
lead her to DFCS. She spoke of the drive to realize her dream of becoming a doctor. Support
from the nsoro Foundation has enabled her to pursue this dream. The mother of an nsoro
CollegeBound student told of the life-altering impact the CollegeBound program had on her
foster son (now adopted by her and her husband.) The past school year he had been stubborn
and refused to do school work. CollegeBound changed that. He now understands the
importance of making grades and doing well inside and out of school. He is very motivated, his
grades have improved and he has his sights set on attending UGA.
The event also honored the past Queens of the Starfish Ball, including Sandra Baldwin, Lorri
McClain, Su So-Longman, Bonnie Terwilliger, Millie Smith, Sandra Baccus and Tish Inman. (We
regret that through an oversight, Tish Inman was not recognized on the event invitation.)
The 2016 Starfish Ball will take place January 23, at the St Regis Atlanta. Honorees Vicki Palmer
and Joel Katz promise to make it a night to remember! Tickets are available at
The nsoro Educational Foundation would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their continued support.
nsoro Educational Foundation 4401 Northside Parkway
"Receiving the Nsoro Scholarship will provide me with even more confidence and motivation knowing I can achieve anything I set my mind to." "Receiving this scholarship could help me prove to those people that just because I was in state's custody does not mean that I am not going to be successful in life. I am a survivor and that is success in itself".
"I want you to realize that I am willing to do my best at all I do when it comes to college. So I hope that you see me as a hard-working young adult and know that this scholarship money is being well invested."
Wilmington Trust continues to be a
presenting sponsor of the nsoro
Foundation, investing volunteers
and financial support to improve
the lives of youth in foster care.
We appreciate their ongoing
support of our mission.
To learn more about their
dedication to the community and
renowned thought leadership, please visit
The nsoro Educaitonal Foundation is especially grateful to Amerigroup for it's financial and volunteer support to provide care packages for nsoro Scholars. Amerigroup is our presenting sponsor for our care package drive which provides personal care items, school supplies and dorm snacks for nsoro Scholars enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States.