Investing in our Future

Meritus empowers young people from low-income communities across the Bay Area to succeed in college and excel in their futures by providing a multi-year financial award, comprehensive college success advising, and career development resources.

Now Recruiting 2018 Scholars

Meritus is currently recruiting Bay Area high school seniors to be part of the 2018 class of Meritus Scholars! Click below to find out more about eligibility requirement and how to apply!

Meritus Scholars Combine Grit and Ambition

  • 7 in 10¬†from families with incomes below $40,000
  • 85% are the first in their families to go to college
  • Achieve high school GPAs ranging from 3.0-3.7
  • 82% 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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Open Letter from 2014 Meritus Scholar Ryan Juan

  Dear Meritus Community, My name is Ryan Juan. I am a Filipino immigrant who moved to the United States to pursue the American Dream. Growing up in San Francisco was challenging. My mother was a live-in caregiver, so I was alone with my grandmother and relatives most of the time. I... Read More »

Recruitment Starts for 2018 Cohort of Scholars!

While it is Meritus' Scholars who achieve the 88% graduation rate, part of what enables them to be so successful is the organization's thoughtful approach to recruitment and selection. In addition to supporting current Scholars, Meritus' program team makes frequent appearances at local high schools... Read More »

Meritus Scholars Return to Campus!

Thanks to the collective support of our friends, donors, and readers like you, this year Meritus College Fund is proud to support 249 active Scholars as they either return to campus or head to college for the first time this month. Naim Algaheim, a native of Yemen, became a Meritus Scholar in 2014... Read More »