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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Victoria Chan (Davis ’14) proud to be a Meritus Scholar

From graduating Balboa High School in the spring of 2011 to graduating from UC Davis this past June, Meritus College Fund has been there for every step of my college journey. The last four years, Meritus has provided me with valuable knowledge, a generous scholarship, a chance to intern in San... Read More »

‘Cheers to College!’ YPC Fundraiser

Meritus Young Professionals Council (YPC) will be hosting a happy hour fundraiser at Soda Popinksi's on 11/20, featuring fun, giveaways, and a video game tournament! YPC members will be tending bar and all tips they generate will go directly toward a 2016 Scholarship. There is no cover or... Read More »

Why College? It’s Not Just The Money

At Meritus, we work hard to ensure that all of our Scholars have the resources they need to graduate from college and go on to successful careers. And while it’s well known that college graduates make more money than their less-educated peers, the benefits of a college degree go well beyond... Read More »