More Than a Scholarship
With Meritus, Scholars engage a network of individuals for opportunities to connect, learn, and achieve throughout college and beyond. This holistic approach, framed by Scholars’ resilience and determination to succeed, has resulted in an impressive 88% graduation rate. Meritus Scholars pursue graduate school, entrepreneurship, and careers in a range of fields on the way to transforming their lives and communities.
Meritus staff employs a student success coaching and case management approach to support Scholars with the transition to college and the workplace, academic and graduate school planning, financial aid and budgeting, and career and professional skills development.
Generous donors throughout the San Francisco community provide encouragement and validation through their financial investment in Scholars’ pursuit of higher education. Scholars write an update letter for donors and Meritus twice per year to share insights and celebrate milestones on the journey through college.
Businesses and organizations in the community expose Scholars to a range experiences leading to informed decision-making about post-college opportunities.
Career mentors are professionals from a variety of backgrounds who work with Scholars on project-based career and professional skills.
Older Meritus Scholars connect with new Scholars on campus to provide advice on resources, professors, and other aspects of the transition to college.
Alumni volunteer as mentors, interviewers, and advocates for Meritus and Scholars.
Meritus works to ensure that Scholars are connected to campus-based resources for support and engagement.
Meritus – building community, one Scholar at a time.
The Meritus Model
Meritus Scholars focus on the FACTS to achieve more opportunity through higher education. The starting point of the Meritus experience is a $14,000 scholarship but the Program includes other areas of support critical to college transition, persistence, and graduation as well as post-college success.
|$14,000 scholarship||Flexible funding payable through graduation||Financial literacy, budgeting, and student loan management|
|Student success coaching||Timely degree completion||Campus connections and peer mentors|
|Career mentors and donors||Exposure and experience via internships||Professional skills development|
|Transition to College & Life|
|Orientation workshops and 1:1 check-ins||Graduation||Alumni|