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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Interim Executive Director’s open letter to Meritus Scholars regarding racial violence

  Dear Meritus Scholars, First off, please let me introduce myself. My name is Jason Walthall and I am the Interim Executive Director of Meritus. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to help such a wonderful organization through this transition in its leadership. However, I wish I were... Read More »

Meritus celebrates completion of Scholars’ summer internships with revamped Internship Summit

At Meritus College Fund we strive to make sure low-income youth in the San Francisco Bay Area have the financial resources and community of support they need to not only attend college but also graduate with a degree. Over our last 21-years we have proudly pursued this mission by awarding over... Read More »

Meritus Hosts First Speed Mentoring Event

On Thursday, August 17th Meritus hosted our first ever Speed Mentoring Night in the Learning Annex of the Wells Fargo building in Downtown San Francisco. The event, which was the mentoring version of speed dating, gave Scholars and mentors a chance to meet face-to-face and organically spark long... Read More »