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 career 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. 88% of our Scholars graduate from four-year colleges,
compared with 23% of low-income students nationally.

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Alumni gives back to San Francisco and Meritus through art

2004 Meritus alumni Ivan Lopez's story reflects the ability of Meritus Scholars to take their creativity and imagination to new heights. After graduating college in 2008, Ivan opened and continues to run Artillery Apparel Gallery, a venue for artists and designers to showcase their new work in... Read More »

Scholar Updates, Alumni Successes, and More!

Check out the most recent Meritus newsletter to read about all the exciting happenings with our current Scholars, alumni, new staff members, and more. Meritus alum Ivan Lopez owns his own gallery in the Mission District where he exhibits his passion and talent for art. Career mentor and mentee... Read More »

Meritus to honor UC President Janet Napolitano at Celebration

The 2015 Meritus Making College Count Celebration celebrates the Meritus community which has enabled over 600 low-income youth in San Francisco to benefit from significant investments in their futures. The Meritus Celebration, supported by Honorary Event Chair and co-founder of Accel... Read More »