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 Named 2016 Scholarship Provider of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Meritus has been named Scholarship Provider of the Year by the National Scholarship Providers Association! This incredible honor was awarded October 10th at the 2016 NSPA Conference in Kansas City, MO. "Scholarship Provider of the Year Award winners are... Read More »

Meritus Selected as Beneficiary of Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference

Meritus College Fund is pleased to announce its selection as one of the beneficiaries of the 2016 Sohn San Francisco Investment Conference, to be held October 5, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The conference, presented by Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes, brings together... Read More »

Scholar Voices: Eric’s Epilogue

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