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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Coming Soon: 20 Years of Meritus!

2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of Meritus College Fund’s first investment in college success for San Francisco youth. Stay tuned for information on how we will celebrate this historic... Read More » features Meritus Summer Internship Program

Meritus College Fund's "commitment to career development highlights the importance of internships in placing college students on a path to post-graduate employment," writes reporter Melanie Graysmith in a recent article. Read more, and see a slideshow of our enterprising Scholars,... Read More »

Summer Interns Share What They’ve Learned

On August 5th, Scholars gathered to display their hard work at the first annual Summer Intern Poster Presentation. A special thanks to Zephyr Real Estate for hosting this great event! Check out the photos... Read More »