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.

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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Congrats, Grads!

Meritus College Fund is pleased to announce that 48 Meritus Scholars have graduated from college this academic year! We are so proud of the hard work and determination that these ambitious young people have demonstrated throughout their college journeys. 2016/17 Meritus Graduates Wadie Algaheim... Read More »

Press Release: Meritus Awards $840,000 in 2017 Scholarships

Meritus College Fund Awards $840,000 in Scholarships, Plus Advising and Career Development, to 60 Bay Area Graduates in 21st Year of Service to Community Meritus College Fund, a local nonprofit empowering young people from low-income communities across the Bay Area to succeed in college and... Read More »

What Windy Learned

Windy Ly is a 2013 Meritus Scholar and 2017 graduate of Sacramento State University. She recently took the time to address the Meritus class of 2017 at our annual awards reception, sharing hard-won advice from her college journey. Here is what she had to say: Growing up with immigrant parents,... Read More »