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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2016 Making College Count Celebration

  This year, Meritus College Fund celebrates its 20th year of empowering low-income Bay Area youth to succeed in college and prepare for post-graduation career opportunities. In honor of our 20th anniversary, we invite you to support Meritus by joining the 2016 Making College Count... Read More »

U.S. Grad Rate Increases; Is It Enough?

A new report published by the Lumina Foundation this week shows a slight increase in the number of Americans who hold postsecondary degrees. U.S. Census data puts the percentage of Americans with either two- or four-year college degrees in 2014 at 40.4%, up from 40.0% in 2012 and 37.9% in 2008.... Read More »


April 7th is National Institutions Coming Out Day! This movement, started last year by the United We Dream Network, celebrates institutions working toward education equity for undocumented youth. Meritus supports undocumented students and provides each of our Scholars with scholarship funding,... Read More »