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 personal 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. 87% of our Scholars graduate from four-year colleges,
compared with 23% of low-income students nationally.

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Summer Internships Raise Awareness about Positions in the Public Service Sector

This summer, four Meritus Scholars give back to their communities via internships in the social sector. Through a continued partnership with District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and a new partnership with the Kababayan festival, the Meritus career development program offers Scholars the opportunity to... Read More »

Meritus Scholars Explore STEM Careers Through Summer Internships

This summer, five Meritus Scholars are interning in STEM related positions through four Meritus partner organizations: Mellon Capital, Krux Digital, and NuGEN Technologies.     Christina Liem (2012), a biochemistry and molecular biology student at UC Santa Cruz, is able to apply the... Read More »

The Meritus June 2014 Newsletter is here!

The newest edition of the Meritus Connections Program newsletter has arrived! Read about our newest Scholars that just joined the Meritus program and the Awards Reception celebrating them and the donors who help to make their dreams a reality. As one class is just beginning their college journey,... Read More »