Meritus is Here to Help
At Meritus College Fund we know that questions often come up during the application process and are here to help! Below are some frequently asked questions as well as information about how to contact the program staff in regards to any additional questions that you may have.
I’m not sure if you accept applicants from my high school, do you have a full list of eligible schools?We accept candidates from all high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). For a complete list, please click here. In addition, we also accept candidates from Archbishop Riordan and Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA). We have not yet confirmed all eligible schools in the Peninsula and South Bay. We will provide a more detailed list of schools later in the fall of 2017.
How do I know if I meet the income eligibility requirements?We recognize that income and family finances, as related to paying for college, is often a complex and multi-layered issue. While we do not set absolute limits on income and assets for eligible candidates, we do follow San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Area Median Income Limits to help gauge a candidate’s eligibility. To provide some context, a little more than two-thirds of our 2017 Scholar cohort had incomes at or below the 35% of median income threshold. In our application, we have provided space to give additional context surrounding your financial situation, if you so choose.
Your application requires two letters of recommendation, who should I ask to serve as my recommender?For the letters of recommendation, we require one academic reference and one community or extracurricular reference.
For your academic reference, please choose a teacher who you’ve taken a class with junior or senior year and who can speak to your academic preparedness for college and/or personal triumphs and challenges.
For your second letter, please choose an adult, who is not a relative, and who knows you well outside of the classroom (employer, club advisor, coach, community leader, etc.).
These letters of recommendation will serve to highlight your personal growth, character, skillsets and strengths. Try to ask people who know you well, who’ve seen and helped you develop as a student and as a person.
Additional Tip: Don’t wait until the last minute; ask your recommenders early on! Try to give your recommenders at least six weeks advance notice, so that they can block out the time and space they need to write a stellar letter of recommendation.
Do I have to complete my full application in a single sitting?No. You can save your work and progress and log-in as many times as you need in order to complete your application. Please note that if you do not complete and submit your application by our deadline, January 15th, 2018, you will NOT be considered for the Meritus program.
What happens if you don’t receive both letters of recommendation or my high school transcript?You will receive automatic updates from our application system as we approach our final deadline letting you know whether letters and transcripts have been submitted on your behalf. We will still consider applicants with only one letter of recommendation, but these applicants will be at a disadvantage. If your application is missing BOTH letters of recommendation, you will NOT be considered for the scholarship. If you are missing your high school transcript, you will NOT be considered for the scholarship. Priority deadline for letters and transcripts is January 15th, 2018, however, we will accept letters and transcripts — provided that you have completed the rest of your application and submitted on time — up until February 1st, 2018.
Do you have any limitations or restrictions on citizenship and documentation status?No. We support all students, regardless of documentation or citizenship status. We encourage you to apply!
Can I work on my essay questions with a friend?While we generally encourage collaboration, please make sure that you are not plagiarizing others’ work. We are interested in learning about YOU, so please make sure your words are your own. If we find instances of plagiarism, we will automatically disqualify you from consideration for our scholarship. We highly encourage all candidates to run spelling and grammar checks on their work prior to submitting their application.
I have a question that isn’t answered on this FAQ list, who can I contact?Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a high school guidance counselor, administrator, or teacher and I would like to share information about this scholarship with my students. Where can I find recruitment materials?Please share our Recruitment Video with your students, or share our Recruitment Flyer. If you need printed copies, or other materials, please reach out to Ellen Murray, Director of Programs, at email@example.com.