The nsoro Educational Foundation was established through the vision and generosity of The Mays family, founders of nsoro, LLC, a telecommunications solutions company. The Mays adopted the derivative “nsoro” from the word Nsoromma, which in Ghana means “the belief in a higher being”. As a testimony of their faith the Mays founded the nsoro Educational Foundation to support children in foster care. On a return flight from Puerto Rico, Darrell Mays watched in dismay a documentary about a young man, still in high school, who had recently turned 18 and had “aged-out” of the foster care system. This young man, having no family and nowhere to go, was living on an exterior porch of a friend’s home. In that instance, the vision of the foundation became clear. During Christmas 2005, the Mays were moved to donate the seed money for the nsoro Foundation out of their devout faith in God and commitment to serving others.
The mission of the nsoro Foundation is to cultivate a “circle of support” that nurtures and inspires young adults who have emancipated from foster care, like Dominique, to attend college. We provide non-merit based academic scholarships to youth in foster care and to “aged-out” students. On average, a mere 3% of foster care young adults obtain a bachelor’s degree. The nsoro Foundation provides academic and practical support to increase the opportunity for foster care students to pursue a post-secondary degree or trade school certificate. In addition to academic scholarships with a multi-year commitment, we also provide mentoring programs, internships and the emotional support necessary to sustain our students through college graduation.