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 20th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

The Meritus community recently gathered to celebrate our 55 newest Scholars at the 20th annual Meritus Awards Ceremony. The class of 2016 had the opportunity to meet Meritus supporters, alumni, and current Scholars, and to hear wise words from 2011 Meritus Scholar Victoria Chan,  KQED Chief... Read More »

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 »