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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College Success Advisor

Meritus is hiring a College Success Advisor to offer direct support to a caseload of Scholars while advancing larger programmatic initiatives. We're looking for candidates with advising or counseling experience and a firm belief that every student, regardless of background, deserves to receive a... Read More »

2016 Meritus Annual Report

2016 marked a historic milestone in the life of Meritus College Fund ---  we turned 20! We were delighted to celebrate 20 years of service to ambitious young people from underserved communities across the Bay Area. As we look to the future, we seek to empower even more Scholars to achieve their... Read More »

Meritus Alumna Performs at Winter Piano Recital

Given the drive and ambition of Meritus Scholars, it's no surprise that our graduates go on to be successful in a wide variety of professional fields. Candice Choi is no exception! Candice, an award-winning pianist and music educator (and 2005 Meritus Scholar!), recently treated members of our... Read More »