Investing in our Future

Meritus helps low-income San Francisco youth with grit and ambition complete a college degree and prepare for post-college success through a combination of scholarships, coaching, and career mentorship.

Meritus Students Combine Grit and Ambition

  • 80% from families with incomes below $40,000
  • 85% are the first in their families to go to college and come from circumstances marked by poverty, recent immigration, language barriers, societal tensions, gangs, drugs, violence, and family distress
  • Achieve high school GPAs ranging from 3.0-3.7
  • 83% attend colleges in California

Meritus Scholar Profiles


Our Graduation Rates

Meritus is proud of the graduation rates of our scholars. 88% of our Scholars graduate from four-year colleges,
compared with 23% of low-income students nationally.

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Meritus Director of Programs

Meritus is hiring a Director of Programs to oversee our college success programming. We're looking for someone who has experience working with underrepresented students in higher education, designing programs, and leading a team. Commitment to the Meritus mission a must! Read the full... Read More »

Mentors Needed for 2016-17 Academic Year!

What do you wish you'd known when you were just starting out in your career? Are you interested in sharing that hard-won knowledge with the next generation of professionals? Become a Meritus Mentor! Each Meritus Mentor is paired with a Meritus Scholar to teach resume building and interview... Read More »

Scholar Voices: Eric’s Summer of Mayhem & Magic

Eric Trinh Chu is a 2013 Meritus Scholar and rising senior at Kenyon College, studying sociology and literature. Through the Meritus internship program, he is spending this summer teaching creative writing to kids aged 7-10 with 826 Valencia, an education nonprofit. He plans lessons, supervises... Read More »