Scholar Voices: Kateryn’s Story

Meritus empowers young people from low-income communities across the Bay Area to succeed in college and excel in their futures. Watch Kateryn’s story to learn how this support can change a Scholar’s life…. Read More »

Congrats, Grads!

Meritus College Fund is pleased to announce that 48 Meritus Scholars have graduated from college this academic year! […]… Read More »


April 7th is National Institutions Coming Out Day! This movement, started last year by the United We Dream […]… Read More »

Scholar Voices: Mubeenah’s Major Advice

Meritus has not only provided me with financial resources to get through college but has also provided many other useful resources such as mentors, internships, and guidance. Being in my fifth year of college has taught me a lot. I have faced many hardships during my time at college, and I have learned perseverance and persistence…. Read More »

Scholar Send-Off Success

On the evening of June 5, the 2013 Class of Meritus Scholars joined their donors in an intimate reception in celebration of their hard work, future goals, and the partnership of the Meritus community…. Read More »

Meritus Co-Hosts Graduate School Panel

Young professionals and students thinking about grad school possibilities convened at Golden Gate University on April 11 to hear from a panel of successful professionals with MBAs, JDs, and other advanced degrees, on the pros and cons to consider for graduate school programs…. Read More »

A Hopeful Journey

My name is Faatuaitua Tunai, and I come from a very religious and cultural family. My father is a truck driver and my mother had been living in Samoa for the past 10 years of my life. Growing up in the low-income housing projects of Bayview Hunters Point was challenging…. Read More »

My Path to Graduation

I was taught that to take my place among the leaders of the world, I needed an education. I am the first to attend college. Graduation was both a final step and a new door opening – to enter the world of leaders…. Read More »

Possibilities Made Possible

At the age of five, I immigrated to the United States with my parents and older sister. With the many new adjustments in a different country, I had to learn how to be independent including trying to achieve in school where language was a barrier… Read More »

Meritus Releases 2012 Annual Report

2012 marked our 16th year of serving low-income youth with grit and ambition as they focus their attention on earning a four-year college degree. Our success – with 87% of our Scholars crossing the finish line! – is made possible by the tremendous investment of our donors who, like us, believe that we can build a stronger, more vibrant community for all when we provide access to new realities and transform futures through higher education.
Read more about our 2012 achievements and goals in our Annual Report…. Read More »

Meritus Alum Rose Gao Accepts Nursing Position at Agesong

2008 Scholar Rose Gao is always smiling. Though she has battled challenges throughout her life, she maintains a smile on her face and forges onward. Today, Rose is smiling even more, as she has just accepted a nursing position at an assisted living home for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. “I am so excited about my new job,” says Rose. “The field of nursing is very competitive, so I am grateful to have found something – a position where I can learn and grow in.”… Read More »

Big Dreams

Barry Au Wallenberg High School, 2008 CSU Long Beach, 2012 – Physics major: The journey to college was […]… Read More »

Good News

Lina Chen Lincoln High School, 2009 Ventura Community College, 2013 – Nursing student: I was born and raised […]… Read More »