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 personal 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. 87% of our Scholars graduate from four-year colleges,
compared with 23% of low-income students nationally.

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Summer Internships Raise Awareness about Positions in the Business Sector

A major goal of the Meritus summer internship is to expand Scholars’ understanding of the opportunities available in their fields. Through partnerships with Hall Capital, IntersectENT, OpenTable, Premier Nutrition, The Melt, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, Meritus interns have invaluable... Read More »

Meritus Internships Impact the San Francisco Community

This summer, four Meritus Scholars give back to their communities via internships in the social sector. Through a continued partnership with District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim and a new partnership with the Kababayan festival, the Meritus career development program offers Scholars the opportunity to... Read More »

Meritus Scholars Explore STEM Careers Through Summer Internships

This summer, five Meritus Scholars are interning in STEM related positions through four Meritus partner organizations: Mellon Capital, Krux Digital, and NuGEN Technologies.     Christina Liem (2012), a biochemistry and molecular biology student at UC Santa Cruz, is able to apply the... Read More »