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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UCSF Medical Center Supports Meritus’ Aspiring Nurses

This summer, UCSF Medical Center is continuing its partnership with Meritus to offer paid internships to three Scholars pursuing nursing degrees. Scholars Leanne Li, Diana Alegre, and Han O have been selected from a competitive pool of Meritus applicants to intern at one of the most prestigious... Read More »

Summer Internships Are Happening Now!

This summer, Meritus has partnered with 26 organizations to offer over 40 paid internships to Meritus Scholars, more than doubling the number of internships from last year. The program was initially started through a partnership with the Young Presidents' Organization, when Bay Area business... Read More »

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015! These Meritus Scholars have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their education and their aspirations to achieve. We congratulate their hard work and dedication as they take their brains and talent into their community and... Read More »