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
Provide support to participate in community activities
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.
ATLANTA/BUCKHEAD . . . . Darrell Mays, Founding Chairman of The nsoro Foundation, has announced the appointment of Atlanta community leader Nina Cheney as the Foundation's new Executive Director. Established in 2005, The nsoro Foundation has positively changed the future direction of young people emancipated from foster care by providing non-merit based college scholarships and engagement programs designed to encourage high school graduation.
Community Leader Nina Cheney Named Executive Director of The nsoro Foundation, Benefiting Young People Emancipated from Foster Care through College Scholarships.
"Nina Cheney, a prominent innovator in education, healthcare and the arts, brings extensive experience in the non-profit arena to the Foundation's programs," Darrell Mays noted. "She is deeply committed to our mission and guiding nsoro scholars towards productive careers and lives."
Mr. Mays pointed to Nina Cheney's proficiency in marketing, fundraising and strategic program development, including her work with the Emory Neurology Department's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and with the Children's Museum of Atlanta, where she served on the Board of Directors and both created and chaired the center's first fund-raising event. She currently serves on the Phase II Campaign Committee.
Ms. Cheney, a Buckhead resident, is a member of the Board of Directors of WonderRoot, the SCAD Board of Visitors and the Children's Museum of Atlanta Advisory Board. She is a member of the Forward Arts Foundation, for which she has chaired the organization's two major fund-raisers. A graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC, Ms. Cheney was part of the team that designed and developed the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. She worked in New York at the marketing and public relations firms of Hill, Knowlton and Manning, Selvage and Lee. While there, she crafted communications strategies for clients such as Proctor and Gamble, M&M Mars, Frito-Lay and MasterCard International and was recognized with the John Hill Award for Excellence for her work on Frito-Lay.
The nsoro Educational Foundation would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their continued support.
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"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.