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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Scholar Voices: Kevin’s Search for a Meaningful Internship

Kevin Dinh is a Meritus Scholar and soon-to-be graduate of UC Davis. Through the Meritus internship program, Kevin spent last summer working at EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. This is... Read More »

Meritus Scholars use Spring Break to explore career opportunities

Spring Break traditionally means rest and relaxation for college students, and our Scholars are no exception. This week, however, Meritus Scholars took some time out of hard-earned breaks to build their professional knowledge through a series of immersive workshops hosted by several of our... Read More »

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 »