Meritus is pleased to announce that Patrick Welsh, COO of PwC’s FinTech practice, has joined our Board of Directors.
Patrick is both professionally and personally committed to Meritus College Fund’s mission, sharing our belief that higher education is a critical step in addressing income disparity for motivated and talented youth, and that socio-economic circumstance should not limit them from fully engaging in this transformative opportunity.
In particular, Patrick is passionate about mentorship catalyzing the pathway through education. He put himself through school while dealing with challenging family issues, and without the influence of a few key mentors who pushed him to pursue higher education, he knows he would not have the opportunities he has in front of him today. Patrick has personally mentored several Meritus Scholars, one who has gone onto a career with a well-known tech firm and one who took a job within PwC, in addition to sponsoring a Meritus scholarship for a hardworking San Francisco high school graduate. Patrick has worked to expand the coordination with PwC in career development activities for Meritus Scholars as well as the broader engagement to align with several of their Corporate Social Responsibility pillar teams around Diversity & Inclusion and Community Engagement.
“The most humbling part about working with Meritus is that whatever grit and determination I have displayed in my journey to overcome the systemic challenges along with the personal and societal hurdles placed in my way pales in comparison to that displayed by the average Meritus scholar on a daily basis. I benefit personally from being around these students as I know society will in the future as they relentlessly achieve their goals to improve themselves and society.”
Patrick completed his Executive MBA at the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2014 as member of the first Los Angeles cohort where he graduated in the top 15% of the class with High Distinction. He also received his undergraduate business degree from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh where he graduated magna cum laude.