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 Announces $888,000 in Awards to 55 Low-Income, College-Bound Graduates of San Francisco High Schools

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Meritus College Fund, a grassroots college success program addressing issues of equity and access for under-served San Francisco youth, is privileged to announce its 19th class of Scholars. After a rigorous selection process, 55 graduates from San Francisco high schools who... Read More »

2015 Making College Count

The 2015 Meritus Making College Count Celebration celebrates the Meritus community which has enabled over 600 low-income youth in San Francisco to benefit from significant investments in their futures. The Meritus Celebration, supported by Honorary Event Chair and co-founder of Accel... Read More »

Seeking organizations for summer 2015 internship hosts!

Meritus believes that internships are an invaluable complement to college academics. Every summer, Meritus collaborates with local organizations to arrange paid summer internships for its Scholars in fields as diverse as scientific research, policy, healthcare, finance, and technology. Studies... Read More »