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


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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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Newsroom

Volunteer with Meritus! 2017 Selection Process

In 2017, our goal is to fund the dream, guide the journey, and prepare the future for 60 new Meritus Scholars. We rely on community supporters to help identify the candidates who will benefit most from our program. There are several ways you can participate in the selection process: Application... Read More »

Make Colleges Diverse

In The New York Times this week, David Leonhardt wrote the opinion piece Make Colleges Diverse about a new initiative to increase the number of Pell Grant recipients attending colleges with the highest graduation rates. Our Executive Director, Diana Wolf, shared the following response with Mr.... Read More »

Scholar Voices: 20 Years of Meritus

20 Years of Meritus from Meritus College Fund on Vimeo. For 20 years, the Meritus community has been making it possible for local Scholars to succeed in college and excel in their futures. In this video, watch five Scholars describe how their lives have been impacted by the Meritus community.... Read More »