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

Find Out More


The 2014-15 Program Application is now available!

Meritus is excited to announce that our 2014-15 Program Application is now available online. Check out application requirements and program criteria, and then start your application... Read More »

Listen to KALW’s piece featuring a Meritus Scholar!

Your Call: What's really needed to support young people from poor and low-income families? On the August 20th edition of Your Call, KALW featured Meritus Scholar and junior at the University of Santa Cruz, Austin Perez. Along with a student from the Students Rising Above program, the show was a... Read More »

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 »